Great video of the Old Pacific Coast League.
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Anyone who reads 90 Feet of Perfection knows that I’m incredibly fascinated with the old Pacific Coast League. It interests me on so many levels and I feel like I can never learn enough about the the teams, the stadiums, the stories, and the men who played in the league. I can honestly say that the “classic” years of the PCL (1903-1957) are potentially my favorite era in the history of the great game of Baseball. So with that said, I was ecstatic to recently find this video on YouTube.
What we have here is a 26 minute narrated color film from 1946 with short commentary by Clarence “Pants” Rowland, who was the PCL League President at the time. The video is in color and was filmed during Spring Training of that season. The reason for the video according to the description is “promote the post-war resurgence of the league” but I would guess it also had to do with promoting the PCL to help them reach their goal of becoming a “3rd Major League.” Rowland pushed this initiative for many years so this video would fall right in place with this.
According to the video’s description, the film “lay dormant on a shelf in the closet of a television studio for several decades” and was recently rediscovered. The video was uploaded last month (July 9th) but I believe it was discovered sometime late in 2011.
Do yourself a favor and sit down and watch this great footage of the old PCL, you wont regret it.