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Posted May 10, 2000
The Pacific Coast League in its first half century was a kind of 'independent' minor league, signing its own players in its early days. This book recalls the history of those early days through the late 1980s. The league truly has had an amazing history. Many players could have played in the majors but chose to instead play in the PCL. This book talks about some of them. It also describes what happened to the PCL after major league baseball moved to California and how the league adjusted. The book starts off with chapters on each decade, starting with the 1900s through the 1980s. What I found especially interesting were the stories of each season, and the players involved. Not only did the PCL have players not quite good enough for the majors (but 'terrors' in the PCL), it also had its share of future Hall of Famers and other future major league stars, whom the book also talks about. It also describes some of the PCL's greatest teams, including the 1934 Los Angeles Angels (who some argue was the best minor league team ever), some of the great Seals teams, the 1948 Oakland Oaks team, all the way through the 'dynasties' that the Spokane Indians (later the Albuquerque Dukes) had in the late 1970s through the early 1980s. The author devotes later chapters to players with famous nicknames and a chapter about each city's ballparks. There's also a section devoted to individual histories of each PCL city. The book finishes with an extensive section of individual PCL yearly leaders. I found this book fascinating and beleive any baseball history buffs will also enjoy this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.