Saturday, May 20, 2006

Jake Wade Died in February

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Jake Wade, who played a couple of season in the Coast League, and was involved in one of the great PCL on field fights. From Dick Dobbins book, Nuggets on the Diamond:

"During th 1935 season, the Mission Reds were playing a series in Portland's Vaughn Street Park. It was "Jake Wade Day," with Wade pitching the first game of a Sunday doubleheader. Reds center fielder Lou Almada was having a field day against Wade. Anything Wade tossed up to the plate, Almada hit out of reach of the Beavers' defenders. The two began jawing at each other. Waxde became more angry with each Almada success, and by the end of the game, he was angry and embarrassed.

"Between games, both teams retired to their respective clubhouses. After a few minutes, there was a knock on the Reds' clubhouse door. Outside stood John 'Moose' Clabaugh, the burly Portland outfielder. Clabaugh was there as Wade's second for a showdown with Almada. Manager Gabby Street told both players to take off their cleats and go out to settle their differences. Almada made quick work of Wade as Clabaugh passively stood by.

"Beavers pitcher Sailor Bill Posedel later told the Missions' george McDermott that Clabaugh had urged Wade to challange Almada. Clabaugh didn't care at all for Wade and was confident Almada could beat him. Ah, teammates."


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