Recently while looking up some info on the Seattle Rainiers I came across this really cool video. It clocks in at just a little under 5 minutes but is quite informative on the subject of the Baseball history in the Seattle area. I am a big fan of the history of Pacific North West Baseball, I think it started when I was 9 years old and fell in love with Ken Griffey Junior and it kinda snowballed since. Whether it be the Rainiers (& their predecessors), Portland Beavers, Seattle Pilots or the Mariners; I love all of their histories and was pretty excited to come across this video.
June 6th, 1952. Billy Martin slides into Third Base against the Browns as he hits for a triple. There is nothing very “special” about this photo but as I always mention, I love the way Billy Martin played the game and any nice action shots from his playing days are awesome in my opinion.
My good buddy Matt sent me these 2 photos which he took last week while driving behind a Anchor Steam Beer delivery truck. In case you can’t read the details, there are two old PCL Baseball cards on the truck which feature players from the San Francisco Seals. After doing a little research based on their last names, I believe the players featured on the back of the truck are Cack Henley & Hunky Shaw who both played on the Seals in 1910 and 1911.
I decided to read up on these players and it turns out each of them are kind of interesting for totally different reasons. Let’s start with ole’ Hunky Shaw: he made it to the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates for one game in 1908 and in that one game he had one at-bat in which he made an out. Talk about a “cup of coffee” spent in the Majors, I actually kinda feel bad for the guy. Well at least he got to play Baseball professionally for 12 years, that’s 12 more than I ever did so I can’t feel too bad. As far Cack Henley goes, the dude never played in the Majors but played 11 years of pro Ball; most of the time was spent in the PCL. I took this from his his Baseball Reference Bullpen Page:
Pitcher Cack Henley won 218 games in 11 seasons in the Pacific Coast League. He also pitched 277 complete games and 53 shutouts, and struck out 1,603 batters in the PCL.
Henley pitched the longest game in PCL history, winning in 24 innings 1-0 over Jimmy Wiggs on June 8, 1909. It is the longest complete game shutout in baseball history. In 2003 he was elected to the Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame.
Not bad Cack, not bad at all.
(From L to R): Bing Miller, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons, and Mickey Cochrane of the Philadelphia Athletics prior to game 1 of the 1929 World Series against the Chicago Cubs. All of these guys are in the Baseball Hall of Fame with the exception of Miller. No wonder the A’s beat the Cubs 4 games to 1 in the series, the team was filled with absolute studs.
Don Drysdale didn’t take shit from anyone. Imagine being a batter in the National League in the the 50′s & 60′s and having to deal with guys like Drysdale and Bob Gibson throwing brushback pitches at anyone and everyone. Personally, that sounds like hell to me.