History Pub Monday: Baseball

If you’re joining me in getting misty eyed over Portland’s abandonment of minor league ball, you might want to drown your tears with a pitcher of Terminator at Monday’s History Pub (as always, at McMenamins Kennedy School):

Big-League Baseball in Slabtown, 1901-1956
August 31, 2009
Speakers: Jack Cain and Eddie Basinski

Before Major League teams arrived from the East, the Portland Beavers were part of an equivalent organization called the Pacific Coast League. During the Beavers’ first 50 years, home field was at NW 24th and Vaughn streets and the team played against the likes of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams. The team launched many boys like Johnny Pesky and Mickey Lolich into professional baseball careers. Featured speakers include Jack Cain, a former Vaughn street kid turned Beavers’ senior advisor, and Eddie Basinski, star player of the 1940s and 1950s.


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