The San Francisco Seals, 1946-1957: Interviews with 25 Former Baseballers

Overview

The San Francisco Seals were members of baseball's Pacific Coast League from 1903 until 1958. Arguably the most successful minor league franchise ever, the Seals held the minor league attendance record from 1946 until the 1980s. The Seals were Joe DiMaggio's first team and many another major league star was on the team's roster on his climb up the ranks. This work is a collection of oral histories of players who took the field for the Seals from 1946 through 1957, just before the Giants came to San Francisco and ...
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Overview

The San Francisco Seals were members of baseball's Pacific Coast League from 1903 until 1958. Arguably the most successful minor league franchise ever, the Seals held the minor league attendance record from 1946 until the 1980s. The Seals were Joe DiMaggio's first team and many another major league star was on the team's roster on his climb up the ranks. This work is a collection of oral histories of players who took the field for the Seals from 1946 through 1957, just before the Giants came to San Francisco and when the Seals played their final game. Ferris Fain said of the 1946 Seals, "I just think that that was the best ballclub that I've ever played on, including major league. I mean, as a team." Frank Seward, Don Trower, Jack Brewer, Roy Nicely, Neill Sheridan, Joe Brovia, Bill Werle, Con Dempsey, Dario Lodigiani, Lou Burdette, Ed Cereghino, Bill Bradford, Reno Cheso, Nini Tornay, Jerry Zuvela, Leo Righetti, Jim Westlake, Ted Beard, Chuck Stevens, Bob DiPietro, Don Lenhardt, Riverboat Smith, Jack Spring, Bert Thiel, and a fan, Robert Zwissig, also reminisce about their years with the Seals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786411887
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/19/2002
  • Pages: 311
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author

Brent Kelley, a retired equine veterinarian from Lexington, Kentucky, is the author of numerous McFarland baseball books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 1903-1945: The Beginning through World War II 3
2 1946: The Best Ever? 8
Ferris Fain 14
Frank Seward 28
Don "Jeep" Trower 38
3 1947: The First Tie 48
Jack Brewer 52
Roy Nicely 59
Neill Sheridan 67
4 1948: Done In by Nine Old Men 75
Joe Brovia 79
Bill Werle 85
5 1949: A New Regime 99
Con Dempsey 103
6 1950: .500 the Hard Way 116
Dario Lodigiani 120
7 1951: Good-Bye, Lefty 129
Lou Burdette 134
Ed Cereghino 141
8 1952: Another New Regime 150
Bill Bradford 153
Reno Cheso 158
9 1953: Good-Bye, Paul Fagan 166
Nini Tornay 169
Jerry Zuvela 175
10 1954: The Little Corporation and the Kiddie Car Express 182
Leo Righetti 187
Jim Westlake 195
11 1955: Where Did Everyone Go? 201
Ted Beard 205
Chuck Stevens 210
12 1956: The Red Sox Move In 220
Bob DiPietro 223
Don Lenhardt 233
13 1957: Going Out a Winner 239
Riverboat Smith 247
Jack Spring 253
Bert Thiel 260
14 The Fans Are Still Here 267
Robert Zwissig 271
15 Postscript 276
App Team and Individual Records 279
Bibliography 280
Index 283
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