Baseball 1886-1903

Unfinished History


The Pioneers vs. Haverlys at California Baseball Park, October 9, 1887, at Haight & Stanyan

Photo: Private Collection, San Francisco, CA

1886--New baseball stadium built at eastern end of Golden Gate Park and Haight St. Used as home to all four San Francisco teams in the California League.

1888--The poem Casey at the Bat first published in the Examiner--Mudville--being a commonly-used derisive term for Stockton, one of the four teams in the California League.

1903--Pacific Coast League is formed, superceding the old California League. The 6-team league includes San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Los Angeles, Portland and Seattle. In order to open its new teams in Seattle and Portland, the PCL drops its affiliation with Major League Baseball and competes in head-to-head competition with the older teams in those Pacific Northwest League cities. By 1904 the PCL had prevailed and re-established its affiliation with the Major Leagues. San Francisco inaugural PCL game took place on the Recreation Grounds at 8th Street and Harrison. The team was called the San Francisco Stars, and finished in 4th place with a record of 107-110.

by Daniel Steven Crafts

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