California Historical Society APRIL 2013
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It’s spring and baseball is in the air. California baseball fans who can’t get enough of their Giants, Dodgers, A’s, Angels, and Padres might want to go back in time and dip into the history of the Pacific Coast League (PCL), composed of Seals (San Francisco), Oaks (Oakland), Solons (Sacramento), and Tigers (Vernon), among many other teams from San Diego to Hawaii.
    The PCL was founded in 1903, and for the next 54 years, it was the dominant baseball presence on the West Coast. For much of that time, the PCL had no contractual affiliation with the rest of professional baseball, and was often referred to as the “Third Major League.” Some of our nation’s greatest players began their careers in the PCL, including Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, Tony Lazzeri, “Lefty” Gomez, Ernie Lombardi, and Harry Heilmann. Shortly after the arrival of Major League Baseball to California, the PCL was incorporated into Major League Baseball’s national farm system. The PCL still operates today as a Triple-A minor league.
   CHS is home to the extraordinary Dick Dobbins Collection on the Pacific Coast League, which includes programs, scorecards, yearbooks, player sketches, administrative records, baseball cards, photographs, and much more.
earthquake color postcard 1   ship rendering 1   elaine black yoneda 3
California Past & Present(ly) Processed

107 years ago today. 1906 San Francisco Earthquake and Fire Digital Collection includes over 3,000 images and texts of the horrific disaster and historic destruction.
Curating the bay

Crowdsourcing a shared history. Visit to pin your own images and memories. Comment on items selected from the California Historical Society’s collections.
  Digitizing History

Elaine Black Yoneda Oral History. Sound recording of Lucille Kendall's 1976-1977 interview with radical activist Elaine Black Yoneda documenting her activism in labor and civil rights movements in California.

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