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Relive the golden era of the Pacific Coast League on Aug. 24 in San Leandro

The Oakland Oaks and San Francisco Seals in action at the Emeryville ballpark, circa 1953.


The late Dick Dobbins, a Berkeley native, was among the foremost collectors and compilers of artifacts from the golden age of baseball’s Pacific Coast League during its glory days from 1903 until the arrival of Major League Baseball on the West Coast in 1958.
Dobbins, then attending Berkeley High School, rescued records, trophies and other items of the Oakland Oaks after the team had left town and their Emeryville ballpark was being torn down in 1956. It became a lifelong passion for Dobbins, and that love is carried on at an annual event named in his honor.
The 19th annual Northern California Dick Dobbins PCL Player and Family Reunion will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Ryan O’Connell Hall, 575 West Estudillo Ave. at San Leandro Boulevard in San Leandro.
The day always includes players and PCL enthusiasts and a program about the history of a league that was good enough that many considered it “the third major league” in its golden era.
Admission is $24 with lunch (RSVP by Aug. 18) or $8 without.
To reserve a seat send a check made out to PCLHS to PCLHS, 420 Robinson Circle, Placentia, CA 92870. For more details call Mark Macrae at 510-538-6245.

Detail of the outfield signboards from the photo above shows ads for Bertola’s (five locations, though we’re only familiar with the one that was on Telegraph) the Louis Stores grocery chain and Mel Senna Brakes.

Chris Treadway