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Encyclopedia > Oakland Oaks (PCL)
For the American Basketball League team see: Oakland Oaks (ABL).

The Oakland Oaks were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1903 until 1955. Along with the Los Angeles Angels, Portland Beavers, Sacramento Solons, San Francisco Seals, and Seattle Indians, the Oaks were charter members of the Pacific Coast League which was founded in 1903. The team finished last that year, and finished either last or next to last place four more times before winning its first PCL pennant in 1912. The Oaks (or “Acorns” as they were also called) played their home games at Freeman’s Park at 59th Street and San Pablo Avenue and at Recreation Park in San Francisco. For the professional baseball team see: Oakland Oaks (PCL). ... A Class A California League game in San Jose, California (1994) Minor baseball leagues are North American professional baseball leagues that compete at a level below that of Major League Baseball. ... The Pacific Coast League (PCL) is a minor league baseball league operating in the West and Midwest of the United States. ... For the American League franchise see: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. ... League Pacific Coast League Division Pacific Conference, Northern Division Year founded 1903 Major League affiliation San Diego Padres Home ballpark PGE Park Previous home ballparks City Portland, Oregon Current uniform colors black, red, gold Previous uniform colors Logo design Script P on cap; winking beaver wearing Portland cap, alternate Division... The Sacramento Solons were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League during several periods (1903, 1905, 1909-1914, 1918-1960, 1974-1976). ... The San Francisco Seals were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1903 until 1957. ... The Seattle Rainiers, originally named the Seattle Indians, were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1903 through 1906, and from 1919 though 1968. ... California State Highway 123 or San Pablo Avenue runs along the flats of the East Bay in California, from Oakland to Crockett, through: Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, San Pablo, Pinole, Hercules, and Rodeo. ...


After the 1912 season, the Oaks opened their new stadium, named Oakland Ball Park (or simply Oaks Park) though it was located in the neighboring city of Emeryville at San Pablo and Park Avenues. In their first season at Oaks Park the Acorns finished last, and were mired in the second division for more than a decade. Oaks Park, also known as the Oakland Baseball Park, was a baseball stadium in Emeryville, California. ... The city of Emeryville highlighted within Alameda County Emeryville is a small city located in Alameda County, California, in the United States. ...


In 1916, a struggling Oaks team made history by breaking the professional baseball color line, as Jimmy Claxton pitched in both ends of a double-header on May 28th, 1916. He was introduced to the team as an American Indian, but once the team discovered that his ancestry was both Native American and African, he was fired. The baseball color line was the policy, unwritten for nearly its entire duration, which excluded African American baseball players from organized baseball in the United States before 1946. ... Jimmy Claxton (born December 14, 1892 in Wellington, British Columbia, Canada) was a black baseball pitcher. ...


In 1927, the Oaks won their first pennant at Oaks Park, finishing 120-75 (.615), 14½ games over the runner-up Seals.


In 1943, a controlling interest in the Oaks was purchased by C. L. “Brick” Laws, who operated the team for its remaining seasons. In 1946, Laws hired Charles “Casey” Stengel, the former manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves of the National League to manage the Oaks. He responded with second and fourth place finishes, before the club won its most celebrated pennant in 1948. It was in Oakland that Stengel developed his talent for “platooning,” i.e., juggling his lineup to maximize each player’s potential in given situations, that served him so famously as manager of the New York Yankees. Casey Stengel, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers Charles Dillon Stengel (July 30, 1890 - September 29, 1975) was a famous baseball player and manager. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899-1910), (1913) Brooklyn Grooms... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... The National League of Professional Baseball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as...


The 1948 Oaks were nicknamed the “Nine Old Men” in that many of the star players were older veterans of the major leagues, including Ernie Lombardi, Cookie Lavagetto, Nick Etten, and George Metkovich. There were younger players on the team as well, including rookie second baseman Alfred “Billy” Martin. Manager Stengel wore jersey number 1, while Martin wore number 7. When Martin came to the Yankees in 1950, number 7 had been taken by Mickey Mantle, so Martin asked for and was issued number 1 – in honor of his mentor, Casey Stengel. Ernesto Natali Lombardi (April 6, 1908 - September 26, 1977) was a Major League Baseball player and catcher during the 1930s and 1940s. ... Harry Arthur Cookie Lavagetto (December 1, 1912, Oakland, California - August 10, 1990, Orinda, California) was a third baseman, manager and coach in American Major League Baseball. ... Nicholas Raymond Thomas (Nick) Etten (September 19, 1913 - October 18, 1990) was a first baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1938-39), Philadelphia Phillies (1941-42, 1947) and New York Yankees (1943-46). ... Alfred Manuel Billy Martin, (May 16, 1928 – December 25, 1989), a former Major League Baseball player and manager, was manager of the New York Yankees five different times and won two league championships and one World Series as their manager. ... Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. ...


Stengel’s success with the Oaks did not go unnoticed, and he became manager of the Yankees in 1949. Stengel was replaced by Chuck Dressen, who led the Oaks to a second place finish in 1949 and the PCL pennant in 1950. Again, the Oaks’ manager’s success resulted in a promotion to the major leagues, with Dressen hired to manage the Dodgers in 1951. Former New York Giant star Mel Ott was hired as his replacement. Charles Walter Dressen (September 20, 1898 – August 10, 1966) - alternatively nicknamed Chuck or Charlie - was an American third baseman, manager and coach in Major League Baseball during a career that lasted almost 50 years, but he is best known as the manager of the powerful Brooklyn Dodgers of 1951-53. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers NY, NY, 3, 4, 11, 24, 27, 30, 36, 42, 44 Name San Francisco Giants (1958–present) New York Giants (1885-1957) New York Gothams (1883-1885) Ballpark AT&T Park (2000–present) a. ... Melvin Thomas (Mel) Ott (March 2, 1909 – November 21, 1958), nicknamed Master Melvin, was a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career in the National League for the New York Giants (1926-1947). ...


In 1954, the Acorns finished third, but won the postseason series to capture their last PCL pennant. In spite of this, attendance at the now-dilapidated Oaks Park had dropped dramatically. The Oaks finished seventh in 1955, and their attendance was the worst of the eight-team league. Owner Laws felt he had no other choice but to move the team. When officials of Vancouver, British Columbia made him an offer, Laws moved the Oaks to Vancouver, where they were renamed the Vancouver Mounties. This article refers to the city in British Columbia, Canada. ... The Vancouver Mounties were a high-level minor league baseball club based in Vancouver, British Columbia. ...


Oaks Park was demolished in 1957, replaced by a Pepsi-Cola bottling plant. Presently, the site is the headquarters of Pixar Animation Studios. The only thing left in the area to suggest that baseball was ever played at Park and San Pablo Avenues is a cardroom and restaurant across the street, appropriately named the Oaks Club. The current Pepsi logo Pepsi-Cola (often shortened to Pepsi), is a carbonated cola soft drink manufactured by PepsiCo, and the principal rival of Coca-Cola. ... Pixars studio lot in Emeryville Pixar Animation Studios is an American seven time Academy Award winning computer animation studio based in Emeryville, California (USA). ...


On October 18, 1967, twelve years after the Oaks played their last game in Emeryville, the American League owners gave Kansas City Athletics president Charles O. Finley permission to move the Athletics to Oakland for the 1968 season. American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The Oakland Athletics are a Major League Baseball team based in Oakland, California. ... Charles Oscar Finley (February 22, 1918 - February 19, 1996), born in Ensley, Alabama, was an American businessman who is best remembered for his tenure as the flamboyant owner of the Oakland Athletics Major League Baseball team. ...

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Some Oaks notable members with MLB experience

   

George Irvin Bamberger (August 1, 1923 - April 4, 2004) was a Major League Baseball pitcher for the 1951-1952 New York Giants and the 1959 Baltimore Orioles. ... Henry Eugene Gene Bearden (September 5, 1920 - March 18, 2004) was a left-handed knuckleball pitcher in Major League Baseball who completed a remarkable rookie season by closing out the Cleveland Indians last World Series championship in 1948. ... Ernest Gilbert Broglio (born August 27, 1935 in Berkeley, California) was a righthanded pitcher in American Major League Baseball from 1959-66. ... Samuel Blake (Sam) Chapman (born April 11, 1916 in Tiburon, California) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the Philadelphia Athletics (1938-1941, 1945-1951[start]) and Cleveland Indians (1951[end]). He batted and threw right handed. ... Vincent Paul Vince DiMaggio (September 6, 1912 - October 3, 1986) was a Major League Baseball center fielder and right-handed batter who played in the National League for the Boston Bees (1937-38), Cincinnati Reds (1939-40), Pittsburgh Pirates (1940-46) and New York Giants (1946). ... Charles Walter Dressen (September 20, 1898 – August 10, 1966) - alternatively nicknamed Chuck or Charlie - was an American third baseman, manager and coach in Major League Baseball during a career that lasted almost 50 years, but he is best known as the manager of the powerful Brooklyn Dodgers of 1951-53. ... August John (Augie) Galan (May 23, 1912 - December 28, 1993) was a left fielder in Major League Baseball. ... William Jennings Bryan Herman (July 7, 1909 - September 5, 1992) was a Major League Baseball player during the 1930s and 1940s. ... Jack Eugene Jensen (March 9, 1927 - July 14, 1982), born in San Francisco, California, was a Major League Baseball outfielder and right-handed batter who played for the New York Yankees (1950-52), Washington Senators (1952-53) and Boston Red Sox (1954-59, 1961). ... John Donald Jorgensen (November 3, 1919 - November 6, 2003) was a third baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1947 through 1951 for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1947-50) and New York Giants (1950-51). ... Harry Arthur Cookie Lavagetto (December 1, 1912, Oakland, California - August 10, 1990, Orinda, California) was a third baseman, manager and coach in American Major League Baseball. ... Thornton Starr Lee ( September 13, 1906 - June 9, 1997), also nicknamed Lefty, was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Cleveland Indians (1933-36), Chicago White Sox (1937-47) and New York Giants (1948). ... Ernesto Natali Lombardi (April 6, 1908 - September 26, 1977) was a Major League Baseball player and catcher during the 1930s and 1940s. ... Alfred Manuel Billy Martin, (May 16, 1928 – December 25, 1989), a former Major League Baseball player and manager, was manager of the New York Yankees five different times and won two league championships and one World Series as their manager. ... Melvin Thomas (Mel) Ott (March 2, 1909 – November 21, 1958), nicknamed Master Melvin, was a right fielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career in the National League for the New York Giants (1926-1947). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Floyd Vernie Speer, Right-anded Pitcher for the Oakland Oaks. ... Casey Stengel, playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers Charles Dillon Stengel (July 30, 1890 - September 29, 1975) was a famous baseball player and manager. ... James Anthony Tobin, known as Abba Dabba, (December 27, 1912, Oakland, California—May 19, 1969, Oakland) was a right-handed major league baseball pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Boston Bees/Braves and Detroit Tigers from 1937 to 1945. ... Roy Franklin Zimmerman (September 13, 1916 - November 22, 1991) was a Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the New York Giants in 1945. ...

Affiliations

The Oaks were independent of farm systems for most of their existence; they were affiliated with the following major league teams: The farm system is a slang term used in baseball to refer to the systematic control or ownership of minor league baseball clubs by major league teams, who move players from the lowest to the highest classification as they gain experience and enjoy success at each level. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...

Year Affiliation(s)
1935-37 New York Yankees

Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as...

References

  • O'Neal, Bill. The Pacific Coast League 1903-1988. Eakin Press, Austin TX, 1990. ISBN 0-89015-776-6.
  • Snelling, Dennis. The Pacific Coast League: A Statistical History, 1903-1957 McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, NC, 1995. ISBN 0-7864-0045-5.

External link

  • Oakland Oaks Web Site

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