Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

People Have Been Playing

Academic journal article Oregon Historical Quarterly

People Have Been Playing

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Caption: PEOPLE HAVE BEEN PLAYING baseball in Portland since the early pioneers established the city in the mid-nineteenth century. The area's first organized team was even called the Pioneers. Several other teams were organized over the years until 1903, when a Portland professional team was founded as part of the Pacific Coast League. Originally known as the Browns, and then the Giants, the team became the Beavers under the leadership of Judge William McCredie and his nephew, player and manager Walter McCredie. A 1904 Oregonian article suggested readers send in suggestions for a new name, and the club's management would choose one. Although the newspaper never announced results, the new name--Beavers--appeared, and it stuck from 1906 to 2010, except during one year.

In April 1929, following yet another losing game shortened by rain, Thomas L. Turner, president of the Portland team, decided that "Beavers" was unlucky and "Ducks" might change the team's luck. …

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