The Race for the Governor's Cup: The Pacific Coast League Playoffs, 1936-1954

The Race for the Governor's Cup: The Pacific Coast League Playoffs, 1936-1954

by Donald R. Wells

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The Race for the Governor's Cup: The Pacific Coast League Playoffs, 1936-1954 by Donald R. Wells

The Pacific Coast League utilized from 1936 through 1954 the controversial Shaughnessy system of postseason playoffs in which four teams competed. Many opponents felt that this system made the outcome anticlimactic, but supporters believed that the chief financial benefit occurred during the regular season as teams struggled to finish in the first division. These playoff games had to compete with college football, and later with professional football, for fan interest, which caused attendance to suffer and lead to a discontinuance of the playoffs.

Chapters in this work examine each pennant race, game by game. (Playoffs were not held in 1950, 1952 or 1953.) Key players on each playoff team are listed, along with box scores of each game. The text is complemented by numerous historical photographs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786407606
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.04(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

Donald R. Wells, professor emeritus of Economics from the University of Memphis, has written extensively in the areas of free banking, the Canadian Banking System, and the reaction of the U.S. and Canadian banking systems to periods of depression. He lives in Bartlett, Tennessee.

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