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    Apr 7, 2003 - John Wasdin pitches a perfect game for the Nashville Sounds in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League‚ just the second perfecto in the 100-year history of the league. John Halama‚ then with the Tacoma Rainiers‚ pitched the first one in 2001. The 30-year-old Wasdin fires the first perfect game in the team's 26-year history in a 4-0‚ 100-pitch victory over the visiting Albuquerque Isotopes at Greer Stadium. He strikes out 15.

    Jul 9, 1998 - Benny Agbayani‚ Norfolk Tides outfielder about to be called up to the Mets‚ is married at home plate to his fiancee Neila before Triple-A All-Star game between the International and Pacific Coast Leagues. Agbayani‚ from Hawaii‚ and his bride wear Hawaiian shirts and have a receiving line of bat-toting ballplayers. The IL whips the PCL‚ 84. Tomorrow‚ Agbayani will make his ML debut‚ pinch-running in the 9th of an 8-8 game. He will slip trying to steal and get run down. Another Met runner is doubled off 2B in the 10th and the Expos win‚ 9-8.

    Sep 10, 1997 - The American Association's plays its final game Wednesday night in Des Moines‚ Iowa with the Buffalo Bisons defeating the Iowa Cubs for the final American Association title. The Association's existing teams will merge with the International League and the perhaps "to-be-newly named" Pacific Coast League in 1998.

    Jun 27, 1993 - The Calgary Cannons of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League explode for 35 hits in a 23-12 pasting of the Las Vegas Stars. Cannons' OF Lee Tinsley goes 7-for-8 in the contest. Calgary ties a PCL record with 9 consecutive hits in the 2nd inning.

    May 7, 1987 - In a PCL game at Colorado Springs, the altitude and a 41-MPH wind help as the two teams combine for 13 homers. Luis Medina and Ron Tingley hit two apiece as the home team totals eight, while Charlie Hayes hits two for visiting Phoenix.

    Mar 27, 1984 - J. R. Richard is released by the Astros‚ ending his professional baseball career. Richard was 0-2 with a 13.68 ERA in 6 starts for Tucson (Pacific Coast League) last season.

    Jun 8, 1982 - Dodgers farmhand Sid Fernandez pitches his 2nd no-hitter of the season for Vero Beach (Florida State League)‚ beating Ft. Lauderdale 1-0‚ while striking out 16. El Sid earns a promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque of the Pacific Coast League. Earlier this season hefty Hawaiian hurler no-hit Winter Haven on April 24th‚ whiffing 16‚ and fanned 21 Lakeland batters on May 14th.

    Jun 28, 1979 - It should've been five. At Honolulu‚ Hawaii (Pacific Coast League) tops Phoenix‚ 6-5‚ in 17 innings. Steve Brye of Hawaii is given a PCL-record four consecutive intentional walks before he drives in the winning run in the 17th inning.

    Jun 20, 1974 - In a Pacific Coast League at Honolulu‚ Hawaii tops Spokane‚ 7-4‚ behind Ralph Garcia. He ties a PCL record striking out 19 Indian batters.

    Sep 15, 1970 - The White Sox hire manager Chuck Tanner from the Pacific Coast League. He replaces Don Gutteridge‚ who had been fired on September 3rd. Coach Bill Adair ran the team in the interim.

    Mar 26, 1969 - An indemnity of $540‚000 is paid to the Pacific Coast League for the ML invasion of San Diego and Seattle.

    Dec 26, 1964 - Bob Lemon is named manager of the Seattle Angels of the Pacific Coast League.

    Aug 14, 1964 - Bo Belinsky is suspended by the Angels after attacking sportswriter Braven Dyer. Four days later Belinsky is assigned to Hawaii (Pacific Coast League)‚ then suspended for the season when he refuses to report.

    Dec 2, 1963 - The Indianapolis and Little Rock franchises are transferred from the International League to the Pacific Coast League. The International League is reduced to eight clubs and the Pacific Coast League membership raised to 12 clubs.

    Nov 29, 1962 - After 61 years‚ the American Association (AAA) folds‚ with some of the franchises being absorbed by the International League and the Pacific Coast League. The PCL adds the Dallas-Fort Worth‚ TX; Denver‚ CO and Oklahoma City‚ OK Clubs and drops the Vancouver‚ BC club. The International League adds the Indianapolis‚ IN and Little Rock‚ AK clubs. As a result‚ both leagues became ten club leagues.

    Mar 31, 1961 - A Pacific Coast League proposal to use a designated batter for the pitcher is voted down 8-1 by the Professional Baseball Rules Committee. The committee also rules that every club must designate a manager within 30 minutes of game time‚ a move prompted by the Cubs' college of coaches.

    Jul 17, 1960 - Batting just .244 and not hitting for power‚ Willie McCovey‚ 1959 NL Rookie of the Year‚ is sent down to Tacoma (Pacific Coast League).

    Dec 2, 1957 - The Hollywood‚ (PCL) franchise moves to Salt Lake City‚ and the Los Angeles (PCL) team moves to Spokane. The San Francisco franchise (PCL) transfers to Phoenix‚ AZ.

    Nov 28, 1952 - International League President Frank Shaughnessy reveals plans to form 2 new major leagues by merging the top teams in the American Association and the top teams from the International League. He thinks that in 5 to 6 years‚ ML baseball will elevate these two leagues‚ along with the Pacific Coast League‚ which nearly has ML status now.

    Nov 20, 1952 - Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick states that he thinks the PCL will eventually reach ML status.

    Nov 18, 1951 - Former Cubs 1B and future TV star of The Rifleman Chuck Connors is the first player to oppose the ML draft. Currently the 1B of the Los Angeles Angels (PCL)‚ Connors wants to stay in California‚ instead of going to whatever team might draft him for the ML. The PCL views his refusal in a positive manner‚ allowing them to ask higher prices for players than what the ML usually offers.

    Oct 24, 1951 - Larry MacPhail calls for 4 new major leagues‚ including a Pacific Coast League.

    Nov 28, 1950 - Having ousted Branch RickeyWalter O'Malley now fires Burt Shotton as manager. Oakland (PCL) manager Chuck Dressen is his replacement.

    Apr 16, 1950 - In Los Angeles‚ Steve Souchock of Sacramento (PCL) homers in the 7th‚ 8th and 9th innings in a 19-6 win. The last homer is a grand slam as Souchock drives in 9 runs. The veteran will bang 30 homers this year and be back in the majors in 1951.

    Dec 14, 1948 - The Cubs send Eddie Waitkus and Hank Borowy to the Phillies in exchange for pitcher Monk Dubiel and Dutch Leonard. Leonard‚ the veteran knuckleballer‚ won 29 games in 2 years after being purchased from the Senators. He lost a NL high 17 games this year‚ despite a 2.51 ERA. Borowy slipped to 5-10 last year and Waitkus hit .296 in the PCL.

    Dec 10, 1945 - At the annual meeting the major leagues head off the quest of the PCL for major status and more territorial protection for upper minors by a new AAA classification for the PCL‚ American Association‚ and International League. The Eastern and Texas Leagues are promoted from Class A to AA. The Southern Atlantic League moves to Class A from B.

    Jul 13, 1941 - Former ML player Eddie Mayo‚ playing for Los Angeles (Pacific Coast League)‚ is accused of spitting in the face of umpire Ray Snyder during an argument. PCL President W. C. Tuttle suspends Mayo for one year. Mayo protests that he never spat and‚ after a series of hearings with minor-league czar Judge Brabham‚ he will be reinstated on September 5 and finish the season with the Angels. Burleigh Grimes‚ managing Grand Rapids in the Michigan State League last year‚ was banned for a year for a similar offense.

    Nov 12, 1939 - The youngest of the 3 DiMaggio brothers‚ Dom‚ is bought for $40‚000 by the Boston Red Sox from San Francisco (PCL).

    Dec 7, 1937 - The Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams from San Diego (PCL)‚ but he will not report to Boston until 1939.

    Dec 4, 1936 - The Boston Bees buy Vince DiMaggio from San Diego (PCL).

    Dec 19, 1934 - The Yankees send 5 players to San Francisco as part of the payment for Joe DiMaggio. He will play another season in the Pacific Coast League and will report at the end of 1935.

    Dec 14, 1933 - The Browns acquire OF Smead Jolley‚ P Ivy Andrews‚ and $40‚000 from the Red Sox for Carl Reynolds. St. Louis then sends Jolley‚ plus SS Jim Levey‚ and P Wally Hebert to Hollywood (PCL) for SS Alan Strange. Strange will go to Washington for veteran SS Lyn Lary before the end of the season. Levey‚ meanwhile‚ will return east in the Fall to join the Pittsburgh Steelers‚ where he will play halfback for 3 seasons.

    Jan 19, 1931 - Acting under a new draft agreement with the Pacific Coast League‚ Brooklyn purchases the contract of Ernie Lombardi from Oakland.

    Jan 26, 1930 - Carl Mays‚ whose underhand pitch killed Ray Chapman 10 years earlier‚ ends his ML career with 208 victories and signs with Portland (Pacific Coast League).

    Nov 14, 1929 - The Braves send OF George Harper‚ P Art Delaney‚ and cash to Los Angeles (PCL) for OF Wally Berger.

    Nov 28, 1928 - The NL buys George Magerkurth from the PCL for $2‚000. This is the highest price paid for a new ump.

    Nov 19, 1928 - In one of their most important acquisitions ever‚ Indians GM Billy Evans sends $40‚000 and 2 players to San Francisco (PCL) for OF Earl Averill. Averill asks for and gets $5‚000 from the Tribe as part of the deal. He'll play 11 years in Cleveland‚ hitting .316.

    Jan 4, 1928 - The Yankees buy SS Lyn Lary and IF Jimmy Reese from Oakland (Pacific Coast League) for a reported $150‚000.

    Nov 29, 1926 - Tris Speaker resigns as Indians manager. Stories of a thrown game and betting on games by Ty Cobb and Speaker gain momentum when Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis holds a secret hearing with the 2 stars and former P-OF Joe Wood. The story and testimony will not be released until December 21st. Former Tigers P Dutch Leonard wrote to Harry Heilmann that he had turned over letters written to him by Joe Wood and Ty Cobb to AL president Ban Johnson‚ implicating Wood and Cobb in betting on a Tiger-Cleveland game played in Detroit‚ September 25‚ 1919. He charged that Cobb and Speaker conspired to let Detroit win to help them gain 3rd-place money. At a secret meeting of AL directors‚ it was decided to let Cobb and Speaker resign with no publicity. But‚ as rumors spread‚ Judge Landis takes charge of the matter and holds the hearings‚ at which Leonard refuses to appear. Cobb and Wood admit to the letters‚ but say it was a horse racing bet‚ and contend Leonard is angry for having been released to the Pacific Coast League by Cobb. Speaker‚ not named in the letters‚ denies everything. Public sympathy is with the stars‚ but the matter will remain unresolved until January of next year.

    Jan 11, 1926 - The Pacific Coast League shifts 2 franchises shifts moving the Vernon‚ CA team to San Francisco where it becomes the Mission Club. The Salt Lake City‚ UT franchise is transferred to Hollywood.

    Aug 1, 1925 - The Yankees buy Tony Lazzeri from the Pacific Coast League for spring delivery. Lazzeri will hit a minor-league record 60 HRs with 222 RBI at Salt Lake City‚ and earn the nickname "Poosh-em-up" from his legion of Italian admirers.

    Nov 18, 1924 - Oakland Oaks (PCL) owner Cal Ewing announces that he has sold the team to Washington Senators star Walter Johnson‚ represented by George Weiss‚ who deposited a check for $5‚000 towards the purchase. Last month‚ Ewing announced that the sale price was an enthusiastic $450‚000 (the St. Louis Cardinals recent sale was for $275‚000). Nothing will come of all the talk‚ and Johnson will return to the Washington team.

    May 24, 1924 - At Salt Lake City, San Francisco (Pacific Coast League) outslugs the Bees. 30–14. The Seals outhit the Bees 37-17 with .Paul Waner‚ Bert Ellison and Joe Kelly recording 6 hits apiece. Three of Ellison’s hits are homers and he will have two more tomorrow. He will set PCL marks for homers in two games (5), homers in three games (8), homers in a seven-game series (10) and most hits in a seven-game series (25) going 25-for-37. Pete Kilduff and Sam Agnew‚ with three doubles and two triples, each have 5 hits.

    May 11, 1923 - OF Pete Schneider strokes 5 HRs‚ including 2 grand slams‚ in a game for Vernon (Pacific Coast League). He also adds a double that hits 2 feet from the top of the CF wall. The former ML pitcher‚ who won 20 for the Reds in 1917‚ drives in 14 runs in a 35-11 victory over Salt Lake City.

    Dec 13, 1922 - The Phils buy IF Heinie Sand from Salt Lake City (PCL) for 4 players and cash. A competent SS‚ Sand will be the object of an alleged bribery scheme that causes another scandal.

    Dec 5, 1922 - Connie Mack spends money to begin building another winner. He sends $40‚000 and several players to Portland (Pacific Coast League) for 3B Sammy Hale.

    Oct 2, 1920 - Jim Bagby wins his 31st game‚ clinching the pennant for the Indians with a 10-1 win over the Tigers. Tris Speaker contributes 3 hits to finish the year at .388‚ 2nd to George Sisler's .407. The Sox 10-7 victory over the Browns is not needed by the Indians. The Indians' victory is due primarily to a .303 team BA (the Browns lead the league at .308) and the pitching of Jim Bagby‚ 31-12‚ Stan Coveleski‚ 24-14‚ and Ray Caldwell‚ 20-10. A big boost came from Duster Mails‚ brought up from the Pacific Coast League at the end of August‚ who won 7 without a loss on a 1.85 ERA. Despite the heavy hitting in the AL‚ there are ten 20-game winners; the White Sox have 4 of them-Red FaberEddie Cicotte‚ Dickie Kerr‚ and Lefty Williams.

    Aug 20, 1919 - Wichita OF Joe Wilhoit (Western League) fails to get a hit against Elam Vangilder in a 5-2 win over Tulsa‚ ending a 69-game streak. During the streak he collected 155 hits in 299 at bats for a .505 batting average. The previous record was 49 by Oakland's Jack Ness (Pacific Coast League) in 1915. Wilhoit draws a walk in his last at bat. Coincidentally‚ the Red Sox purchased Wilhoit's contract yesterday and he will report September 15‚ Wilhoit's streak almost ended in games 62 and 63‚ a doubleheader in Omaha: in the first game his only hit was an 11th inning HR; in game 2‚ after making out 3 times‚ he bunted to 3B. The Omaha third sacker‚ with his team leading by a big margin‚ held the ball rather than throwing Wilhoiy out. "Graham's sportsmanship drew forth the admiration of the crowd." (Wichita Eagle)

    Apr 7, 1918 - In the A.M. game of a doubleheader in Los Angeles‚ Doc Crandall's no-hit bid against Salt Lake City (Pacific Coast League) is spoiled with 2 outs in the 9th by Crandall's brother Karl‚ but Los Angeles wins‚ 14-0.

    Jul 22, 1915 - Jack Ness of Oakland (Pacific Coast League) has his 49-game hitting streak stopped by veteran Art Fromme. Ness‚ now hitting .387‚ bats .440 in the longest streak thus far in organized baseball‚ topping Cobb's streak of 40 games of 1911‚ and long since breaking Chester Radbourne's PCL record of 29 games.

    Aug 16, 1911 - At the Polo Grounds‚ it takes Christy Mathewson just 92 pitches to top the Reds‚ 6-1. Big Six allows just two Cincy hits in beating George Suggs. It is Matty's 22nd straight win over the Ohioans. The New York American asserts that this game is a major-league record for fewest pitches‚ "although the organized baseball record at the time is said to belong to 'one Mr. Delhi of the Pacific Coast League' who pitched only 75 balls in a game." (the latter noted by R.J. Lesch)

    Jul 19, 1911 - With the score tied at 3-3 in the 6th inning‚ Vernon CF (Pacific Coast League)‚ Walter Carlisle executes an unassisted triple play against Los Angeles. With men on 1B and 2B‚ he makes a spectacular diving catch of a short ?y by batter Roy Akin‚ touches 2B‚ and runs to 1B to retire both runners. Vernon wins‚ 5-4‚ with the speedy English-born Carlisle pulling off the only unassisted triple play ever accomplished by an outfielder in O.B.

    Jun 8, 1909 - San Francisco (Pacific Coast League) hurler Cack Henley tosses a 24-inning 1-0 shutout over Oakland‚ surrendering only 9 hits and one walk in the 3-hour and 35-minute contest. Jimmy Wiggs matches Henley for 23 frames before Nick Williams drives home the winner with a single in the 24th. In the only other game scheduled in the league‚ Portland and Sacramento play an 18 inning 1-1 tie.

    Jun 19, 1906 - NL directors pass a resolution urging all clubs to provide dressing rooms for visiting teams because the spiked shoes were causing damage and upsetting hotel managers.. Even those teams that do comply‚ however‚ offer such primitive facilities that most teams on the road continue to dress at their hotels. Another resolution moves the batting practice from in front of the grand stand to the diamond. A third resolution is passed donating $500 to the Pacific Coast League‚ suffering from the damage caused by the San Francisco earthquake.

    Oct 8, 1905 - A Pacific Coast League game between the Oakland Oaks and Portland Beavers is attended by one fan. According to newspaper reports‚ the home-plate umpire‚ whose job it is to announce lineups‚ addresses the crowd‚ "Dear sir..." Portland wins‚ 3-2.

    Nov 25, 1904 - Blame it on the long season. In a 6-4 loss to Los Angeles‚ Seattle SS Russ Hall commits 2 errors‚ his 118th and 119th of the year‚ a PCL record for most errors at any position.

    Apr 23, 1903 - Butte (Pacific Coast League) makes 2 triple plays in one game against Los Angeles.

    Jun 11, 1902 - Connie Mack signs Rube Waddell‚ who was pitching in the Pacific Coast League. He will go 24-7 during the remainder of 1902.

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