In 1939, the Seattle Rainiers were embarking on their second season. Rookie pitching sensation Fred Hutchinson had been sold to the Detroit Tigers, and owner Emil Sick vowed to use the cash ($50,000) and players to make the Rainiers into a Seattle sports dynasty. Mr. Sick did as promised. That season, the Rainiers won their first of three consecutive Pacific Coast League pennants, the first PCL team to do that since the 1918 1920 Vernon (CA) Tigers.
On Saturday, May 2, the Seattle Mariners pay tribute to that great Rainiers season when they Turn Back the Clock to 1939. Game time is 6:10pm when the Mariners take on the Oakland Athletics. wholesale nfl jerseys Mariners players will wear vintage Rainiers jerseys and caps and the A’s will be outfitted as the old PCL Oakland Oaks. The first 20,000 fans through the gates will receive a replica Rainiers cap.
Noted Northwest baseball historian Dave Eskenazi will have the honor of throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the game. Eskenazi has coordinated the historical displays at the Baseball Museum of the Pacific Northwest and Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame at Safeco Field and generously loaned numerous items from his extensive collection of baseball memorabilia.
The Rainiers came into existence in 1938 after beer magnate Emil Sick purchased the old Seattle Indians franchise. He rechristened the team, and with Franklin High School’s own Fred Hutchinson’s 25 wins, the Rainiers finished in second place, the team’s best performance in 14 years.
The following season, fortified with the Tigers’ $50,000 and four players received in the Hutchinson transaction, manager Jack Lelivelt led the Rainiers to a 101 73 record and the PCL championship. They would repeat in 1940 and 1941, and win two more championships in 1951 and 1955. The Rainiers led all minor leagues nationwide in attendance from 1939 to 1954, regularly drawing capacity crowds to the cozy 15,000 seat Sick’s Seattle Stadium.
The Oakland Oaks were a charter member of the Pacific Coast League when it was founded in 1903. The team was named for the City of Oakland and used the oak tree and the acorn as its symbols. After the 1955 season, the Oaks moved to Vancouver, BC and were renamed the Mounties. http://www.cheapnfljerseysonlinem.top In 1939, the Oaks had a record of 78 98. In the team’s 52 year history, it would win four PCL titles (1912, 1927, 1948, 1950).
Notable Oaks over the history of the franchise include Casey Stengel and Mel Ott (managers), George Bamberger, Vince DiMaggio, Ernie Lombardi, Cookie Lavagetto, Billy Martin and Smead Jolley. Jolley had a lifetime minor league batting average of .367 in over 8300 at bats during a 16 year career. He also batted .305 over four years in the Major Leagues.
The Raimondi brothers, the First Family of Bay Area baseball, all called the Oaks home. Billy, Ernie, Al and Walt Raimondi played for the Oaks. Of the four, Billy had the longest professional baseball career (22 seasons). He was regarded by many as the best catcher in the PCL. His hustling style of play, his dependability, ability to handle pitchers and affable personality made him a PCL star and a crowd favorite around the league.