Baseball in Early California, 2
The season of 1884 represented the beginning of the first golden age of
After the multiple box-office failures of 1883, the 1884 season took almost forever to get started, with bats finally being crossed on July 27. The league concluded its season with all clubs crossing the finishing line on November 23. (An October rainout was rescheduled for November 27, after the season closed, but never came off.)
The 1884 season consisted of ten Sunday contests, and the California League would remain a Sunday-only affair until 1888, when the population centers would support more baseball. It also marked the first appearance of the great Haverly [Theater] team, and the first great California-bred pitcher, Billy Incell, who went 8-0 for the Haverlys, and led the league with 107 strikeouts.
For the first time ever, the same clubs came back for an encore season in the California League in 1885. The league got an early start (on February 1), but could only make through the May 24 games of a schedule that envisioned finishing in up in late November.
I don’t know if the cause of the collapse was anyway related to the completion it received by the California State League, which began play on May 10, but it could not have helped. The State League itself folded in within a few weeks (June 7), it could boast a first for professional baseball in
Tomorrow I will continue with the 1886 season, a season in which the state had both the
Note: I noticed a couple of omissions in the league chart that I published yesterday, which I had entered into my book by hand but had not typed into the chart itself, so I will correct it here in this post.
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