Barbary Baseball: The Pacific Coast League of the 1920s

Barbary Baseball: The Pacific Coast League of the 1920s

by R. Scott Mackey
     
 

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In the 1920s baseball fans flocked to minor league ballparks, making stars of players who would never wear a major league uniform. This was particularly true on the West Coast, where fans embraced the colorful Pacific Coast league as a third major league.

The rowdy reputation of the PCL was well earned. Owners' meetings were rambunctious affairs where league

Overview

In the 1920s baseball fans flocked to minor league ballparks, making stars of players who would never wear a major league uniform. This was particularly true on the West Coast, where fans embraced the colorful Pacific Coast league as a third major league.

The rowdy reputation of the PCL was well earned. Owners' meetings were rambunctious affairs where league issues were sometimes settled with fists. In the stands, drinking and gambling went unchecked; especially notorious was the "Booze Cage" at San Francisco's Recreation Park where 75 cents bought a shot of whiskey and the best seat in the house. On the field, players and umpires were as likely to trade punches as insults. But its bawdy style did not detract from the quality of the PCL where talented players used the 200-game schedule and cozy, bandbox ballparks to produce unparalleled offensive fireworks. The rich history of the West Coast's "major league" is detailed here, including the first-ever listing of all players in the PCL during the 1920s.

Editorial Reviews

Yankees Magazine
all kinds of interesting information
SABR Minor League Committee Newsletter
well-written...incredibly well researched...a necessary addition to every baseball library
Choice
"well-researched.... Recommended for academic and public libraries"

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786467099
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
07/25/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
237
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Sacramento's R. Scott Mackey is a member of the National Association of Baseball Writers and Broadcasters.

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