Friday, January 15, 2010

The Oakland Oaks

Before the Oakland Athletics there were the Oakland Oaks, which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1903 to 1955. The Oaks played most of their seasons at an Emervyille spot called Oaks Ball Park, where legends such as Billy Martin, Ernie Lombardi and Artie Wilson donned Oaks uniforms. Casey Stengel led the Oaks to a PCL championship in 1948, a success that spurred the Yankees to hire Stengel as manager. And with first names like “Brick” and “Cookie,” even the team owners sounded tough and old-school. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. Click here to read LinusAlf’s excellent article on the colorful history of the Oakland Oaks.

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