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Rain Check: Baseball in the Pacific Northwest

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This is a collection of more than 170 photos and two dozen essays and which tell the 120-year history of baseball in the Pacific Northwest. The stories range chronologically from the origins of the professional game in the region in the 1890s through the account of the 2001 season of the Seattle Mariners and focus on baseball in Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Tacoma, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Overview


This is a collection of more than 170 photos and two dozen essays and which tell the 120-year history of baseball in the Pacific Northwest. The stories range chronologically from the origins of the professional game in the region in the 1890s through the account of the 2001 season of the Seattle Mariners and focus on baseball in Seattle, Portland, Spokane, Tacoma, and Vancouver, British Columbia.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933599021
  • Publisher: Society for American Baseball Research
  • Publication date: 7/28/2006
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,401,682
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

A tale of four cities : origins of region's pro baseball, magnate John Barnes 4
In bitter 1903 'war,' coast was clear : the PCL invades the Northwest 12
'He was a nobleman among his fellows' : magnate Dan Dugdale 16
The man who won big for Portland : player/manager Walter McCredie 22
'I was never accused of lack of life' : pro baseball in Vancouver, B.C., magnate Bob Brown 28
Spitballing to the Hall of Fame : Pitcher Stan Coveleski and contemporaries 34
Rocky saga of vagabond 'tribesman' : Jimmy Claxton, first African American in the PCL 44
Dodgers no match for high-flying Gulls : barnstorming Brooklyn vs. Everett 46
'The thought of losing was just abhorrent' : pitcher/manager Fred Hutchinson 48
A man named Sick made Seattle well : the Seattle Rainiers, magnate Emil Sick 56
Back, back, back to the ballparks : photos, team and league chronology for each field 63
You want stars, titles, nicknames? : pro baseball in Tacoma 76
The Tacoma giant : pitcher Juan Marichal 82
Stars leapt to bigs through Spokane : pro baseball in Spokane 84
Crash reverberates 60 years later : the deadly Spokane Indians bus accident 92
Beavers sole link to PCL's earliest days : pro baseball in Portland 95
'The most wonderful days I ever had' : the vivid memories of eight PCL players 99
The revolution started here : the story behind Ball Four 108
Buses, beer and emboldened batboys : the Portland Mavericks 114
An exhilarating big league bust : the 1969 Seattle Pilots 116
Working the free market : the 2001 Seattle Mariners 123
Santo to Pesky to Sandberg to Olerud : region's all-time team 127
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