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Vernon Tigers Baseball Player Jakie May, 1922

Vernon Tigers baseball player Jakie May, 1922.
Photo from the Sporting News Collection, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Team Period of Play League
Los Angeles Seraphs / Angels1 1892-1893 California League
Los Angeles Angels2 1903-1957 Pacific Coast League
Los Angeles3 1903 Pacific National League
Vernon Tigers4 1909-1925 Pacific Coast League, California Winter League
Long Beach Clothiers 1910 Southern California Trolley League
Los Angeles McCormicks 1910 Southern California Trolley League
Los Angeles Maiers 1910 Southern California Trolley League
Pasadena Silk Sox 1910 Southern California Trolley League
Redondo Beach Sand Dabs 1910 Southern California Trolley League
Long Beach Beachcombers 1913 Southern California League
Pasadena Millionaires 1913 Southern California League
Los Angeles White Sox5 1916-1925 California Winter League
Pirrone's All-Stars 1920-1944 California Winter League
San Pedro 1920 California Winter League
White King Soapsters (Soapers, White Kings)6 1922-1941 California Winter League
Universal Studio 1923 California Winter League
Hollywood Stars7 1926-1935, 1946 Pacific Coast League, California Winter League
Pomona Arabs8 1929 California State League
Pasadena 1930 California Winter League
Redondo 1932 California Winter League
Santa Monica Merchants 1935 California Winter League
Hollywood Stars (the Twinks)9 1938-1957 Pacific Coast League
Long Beach All-Stars 1939 California Winter League
Los Angeles Dodgers10 1958-present National League
Los Angeles Angels11 1961-1964 American League
Long Beach Angels12 1962-1966 California League
Antelope Valley Ravens 1995 Golden State League
Long Beach Riptide (Barracudas)13 1995-1996 Western League
Lancaster JetHawks14 1996-2020 California League
Long Beach Breakers 2001-2003 Western League
Long Beach Armada 2005-2009 Golden Baseball League

1 Replaced Sacramento in the four-team California League.
2 No relationship to the later Los Angeles Angels of 1961. Played at Washington Park (downtown Los Angeles at 8th and Hill) and Wrigley Field in Los Angeles.
4 Team played in both Vernon and Venice (located at what is now South Venice and Abbot Kinney Boulevards). The Tigers, owned by Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle from 1919-1925, was sold in 1925 and moved out of town to become the San Francisco Reds. In 1938, the team returned to the Los Angeles area and renamed Hollywood Stars (see above).
5 All-black team.
6 Hall of Famer Walter Johnson pitched one game for the team against the Verson Tigers in 1923. Team also won California Winter League championship in the 1924-195 Season.
7 First incarnation of the Hollywood Stars in L.A. Originally Sacramento Solons in 1903, then moved to Tacoma, Washington, back to Sacramento, to Fresno, to San Francisco, to Salt Lake City, before ending up in Los Angeles. Played at Wrigley Field in South L.A. as tenants of the Los Angeles Angels. Moved to San Diego in 1936 to become first incarnation of San Diego Padres. Team name revived for one season in 1946 within the California Winter League.
8 Also the Santa Ana Arabs and Coronado Orange Countians
9 No relationship to earlier Hollywood Stars. Team originally launched as Vernon Tigers in 1909 (see above) and then San Francisco Reds. Returned to Los Angeles in 1938, assumed name of earlier Hollywood Stars (see above) and played at Wrigley Field and, later, in 1939, at Gilmore Stadium in the Fairfax District. In 1957, the Stars were sold and moved to be renamed Salt Lake City Bees.
10 Team moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in 1958. First played at Memorial Stadium in Los Angeles, then Chavez Ravine (later renamed Dodger Stadium in 1965).
11 Team moved from Los Angeles to Anaheim in 1965, renamed California Angels (later Anaheim Angels, later Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim). Played in Los Angeles at Wrigley Field and Chavez Ravine.
12 Reincarnated as the Santa Barbara Angels (1968-1971), Santa Clara Angels (1972-1975), and Salinas Angels (1976-1980).
13 Originally named Long Beach Barracudas in 1995, until a legal dispute with former owner forced the team name-change.
14 Previously the Reno Silver Sox (1966-1981), Reno Padres (1982-1987), Reno Silver Sox (1988-1992), and the Riverside Pilots (1993-95).

Pacific Coast League Champions (Los Angeles Teams)

Since PCL Series were sporadic, where otherwise noted below, championships were determined by final regular season standings.

Season Champion Final Score Finalist
1903 Los Angeles Angels
1905 1 Los Angeles Angels 5–1 Tacoma Tigers
1907 Los Angeles Angels
1908 Los Angeles Angels
1916 Los Angeles Angels
1918 1, 2 Los Angeles Angels 5–2 Vernon Tigers
1919 Vernon Tigers
1920 Vernon Tigers
1921 Los Angeles Angels
1926 Los Angeles Angels
1929 1 Hollywood Stars 4–2 Mission Reds
1930 1 Hollywood Stars 4–1 Los Angeles Angels
1933 Los Angeles Angels
1934 Los Angeles Angels
1947 1 Los Angeles Angels 4–1 Oakland Oaks
1949 1 Hollywood Stars 4–2 San Diego Padres
1952 3 Hollywood Stars
1953 3 Hollywood Stars
1956 Los Angeles Angels

1 Champion determined by championship series.
2 Due to wartime (World War I) travel restrictions, the 1918 season was suspended on July 14. Los Angeles played a post-season series against Vernon to win that season’s championship.
3 For financial reasons, the Governor's Cup Playoffs for 1950, 1952, and 1953 were cancelled. The league declared that season’s champion.

Wrigley Field was located in South Los Angeles at the intersection of 42nd Place and Avalon Boulevard. The ball park was named for chewing-gum magnate William K. Wrigley, Jr., who owned the Chicago Cubs and the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League. Wrigley purchased the Angels in 1921, for the huge sum of $150,000. He then began construction on a stadium for the Angels in 1924. The park opened on September 29, 1925. It was designed to resemble Wrigley Field in Chicago but with a decidedly Southern California look. The last game at the park was on October 1, 1961, and it was demolished in 1966. The site is now a public park and recreation center, a community mental health center and a senior citizens' center.