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Old 08-31-2009, 08:53 AM
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This post could also be on-topic, but Im hoping not. Im PCL ignorant so you left coast fans, please chime in;

At first glance, these appear to be another day at the Park.

I purchased these snapshots from a lady in Minn. She said they were her deceased Daddy's when he and his buds took a trip to Cali in the '40s -he would've been 87yo today.

In these photos, there are many subtle indicators that there is no game today. There also appears to be Big Shot studio equipment..

At any rate., Why would kids from the midwest give a care about a minor league game, when they're in the most exciting city in the country (outside of Beantown) and could see so many other great things? For instance, a Hollywood production? Would they waste expensive film on these Bushers when there are a million more interesting subjects for a rube out on the town?

Yea, I am WAGing, like I often do. But I believe these snaps were shot by an extra hoping to catch some Stars and a glimpse of the Babe, during the filming of "The Pride of the Yankees" in 1942.

"Get the frig off my field youz people."


Movie cameras along the 1st base line while players are throwing by the dugout. Is that a PCL uni or is that 'NY' on the left chest of a player above the black hat in the center?


It's a championship game? Then someone at least take the bases back home!


... Or maybe Im just a jabberbox. Thanks for looking. Steve

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Old 08-31-2009, 10:08 AM
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I think you're looking at a PCL game..probably a postseason game with the overflow crowd and movie cameras. Movie cameras wouldn't be foreign to a ballpark...lots of newsreels from the time attest to that.
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Old 08-31-2009, 10:52 AM
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Steve,

As to the question about why a kid from the Midwest would care about a PCL game, my guess is that it's the Cubs connection. In the 40s, no Twins, so either the Cubs or Tigers would have been a logical object of fan frenzy in MN.

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Old 08-31-2009, 06:36 PM
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Appreciate the opinions fellas. Reckon I'll have to take a close look at the scoreboard for team indicators. Thanks again for looking.
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Might be this game. Service All-Stars, including Joe DiMaggio, played the LA and Hollywood teams at Wrigley, LA.


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I am 99% sure this is Wrigley Field, Los Angeles. The stands in the outfield and the way the second deck is covered is a dead giveaway. Probably was a major game.

BTW, The original Damn Yankees was filmed there...maybe?

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Default Wrigley Field in Los Angeles

I am a 72 year old fan who attended some games at Wrigley Field in Los Angels. As a matter of fact I was at the last P C L game played there. The photos are definitely of Wrigley Field. I saw players on the way up to the Major Leagues and those on the way down. Example Monte Irvin played for the Los Angeles Angels at Wrigley in the mid to late 50's.

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This post could also be on-topic, but Im hoping not. Im PCL ignorant so you left coast fans, please chime in;

At first glance, these appear to be another day at the Park.

I purchased these snapshots from a lady in Minn. She said they were her deceased Daddy's when he and his buds took a trip to Cali in the '40s -he would've been 87yo today.

In these photos, there are many subtle indicators that there is no game today. There also appears to be Big Shot studio equipment..

At any rate., Why would kids from the midwest give a care about a minor league game, when they're in the most exciting city in the country (outside of Beantown) and could see so many other great things? For instance, a Hollywood production? Would they waste expensive film on these Bushers when there are a million more interesting subjects for a rube out on the town?

Yea, I am WAGing, like I often do. But I believe these snaps were shot by an extra hoping to catch some Stars and a glimpse of the Babe, during the filming of "The Pride of the Yankees" in 1942.

"Get the frig off my field youz people."


Movie cameras along the 1st base line while players are throwing by the dugout. Is that a PCL uni or is that 'NY' on the left chest of a player above the black hat in the center?


It's a championship game? Then someone at least take the bases back home!


... Or maybe Im just a jabberbox. Thanks for looking. Steve
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Yes Damn Yankees was filmed there.

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I am 99% sure this is Wrigley Field, Los Angeles. The stands in the outfield and the way the second deck is covered is a dead giveaway. Probably was a major game.

BTW, The original Damn Yankees was filmed there...maybe?

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Old 09-01-2009, 09:54 AM
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Hi Jack:
I attended quite a few P C L games at Gilmore Field and Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. As a teenager I carried a mitt all the time and got a fair amount of Baseballs. The best overall player I saw was Eddie Basinsky of the Portland Beavers. He led all P C L 2nd basemen in homers for years until Joe Gordon jointed the Sacramento Solons. I loved the old P C L very much.

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Might be this game. Service All-Stars, including Joe DiMaggio, played the LA and Hollywood teams at Wrigley, LA.

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Old 09-01-2009, 01:23 PM
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Eddie Basinski, one of the few surviving members of the PCL Hall of Fame. Might have been good but with all due respect to my elder (and not by a whole lot) I don't think he had the stats warranting HOF status. JMHO
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