"The old Pacific Coast League was 'major league' in so many ways, those of us who experienced it have indelible memories of its pleasures. We were very lucky."

-- Dick Dobbins

Created by the Helms Athletic Foundation of Los Angeles in 1942, the original Pacific Coast League Hall of Fame was founded to honor those players, managers and executives who contributed most to the ideals of the League. The Helms Foundtion was established by founder Paul H. Helms, a Los Angeles sportsman and philanthropist, and was more nationally known for naming the annual NCAA football national champion team. Following Helms' death in 1957, the United Savings and Loan Association became its benefactor. A subsequent merger with Citizen Savings was completed in 1973, and in 1982 First Interstate Bank (now Wells Fargo Bank) assumed sponsorship for its final rankings.

The original 'greats' named to the Hall included Jigger Statz, Frank Shellenback, Doc Crandall, John Bassler, and Earl Sheely. A Hall of Fame room was established at venerable Wrigley Field in Los Angeles on June 27, 1943. With the 1958 arrival of Major League Baseball in the PCL's two largest markets, the Hall was largely forgotten. As part of the 2003 Centenial Celebration, the PCL Hall of Fame has been revived and twenty new inductees have been added, made up expressly from the League's history prior to 1957. The following is the list of inductees, as selected to date by the PCL's Hall of Fame Committee.

Past Inductees

2003 Inductees

2004 Inductees

1903 - 1957

Position Players

Pitchers Manager

The 1949 Bowman's PCL Card Collection
The 1949 PCL Collection

Visit the Old PCL Teams on the Web

The Oakland Oaks of 1948. Focusing on the Oaks' championship year with Casey Stengel, this page takes you back to the golden age of Pacific Coast League baseball, with manager and player profiles, stories, team pictures, sound recordings, and multi-media presentations.

The Sacramento Solons of the 1940's and 1950's. A spinoff of the Oaks webpages, this page by Bill Shubb has recently been upgraded to include the batting and pitching records for every player who appeared for Sacramento in the PCL from 1903 to 1960. It has player profiles, card collections, some team photos and other information.

The Seattle Rainiers. John Reeves' webpage contains a wealth of information, with stories, pictures and sounds, on the PCL franchise that was in Seattle from 1938 to 1964.

The San Francisco Seals. Todd Hawley's webpage focuses on the history of the team and stadium in San Francisco from 1903 to 1957. Anecdotes, stories, and memorabilia.

The San Diego Padres of the PCL. From the Journal of San Diego History, this webpage based on an article by William G. Swank and James D. Smith III, entitled "This Was Paradise," contains interviews with Padres' players from the 1936 - 1958 era.

The Hollywood Stars. A part of Sports Hollywood, presented by Comedy on Tap, this classy webpage by Jeff Hause takes a nostalgic look at the flamboyant Southern California team that performed at Gilmore Field.

The Los Angeles Angels. Another one of Jeff Hause's "Sports Hollywood" pages, this one features the Stars' arch rival from the West Coast's Wrigley Field.

The Oakland Oaks of the 1950's. A followup to the 1948 Oaks page, this webpage looks at the Oakland Oaks teams of the 1950's. More photos, profiles and information.

The statistics for the old Portland Beavers from 1903 through 1957 can be found on a webpage created by the Oregon Stadium Campaign, which is a coalition of organizations working to bring Major League Baseball to Oregon.

More Old PCL Links

Join the Pacific Coast League Historical Society. Annual membership dues of $15 includes a subscription to the "Potpourri" newsletter. Write to Richard Beverage, PCLHS, 420 Robinson Circle, Placentia, CA 92870.

Dick Dobbins' book, "The Grand Minor League" is now available on line, at your local book store, or by sending $37 to Judy Dobbins, PO Box 193, Alamo, CA 94507.

Interested in old PCL baseball cards? Contact Mark Macrae, Box 2111, Castro Valley, CA 94546.

See the Pacific Coast League All Star team that defeated the Los Angeles Angels 10-0 in 1947.

Peruse the 1949 Bowman PCL Card Collection.

2003-2004 CoastLeague.com. This webpage created and maintained by William B. Shubb.