The Greatest Minor League: A History of the Pacific Coast League, 1903-1957

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In 1903, a small league in California defied Organized Baseball by adding teams in Portland and Seattle to become the strongest minor league of the twentieth century. Calling itself the Pacific Coast League, this outlaw association frequently outdrew its major league counterparts and continued to challenge the authority of Organized Baseball until the majors expanded into California in 1958. The Pacific Coast League introduced the world to Joe, Vince and Dom DiMaggio, Paul and Lloyd Waner, Ted Williams, Tony Lazzeri, Lefty O'Doul, Mickey Cochrane, Bobby Doerr, and many other baseball stars, all of whom originally signed with PCL teams. This thorough history of the Pacific Coast League chronicles its foremost personalities, governance, and contentious relationship with the majors, proving that the history of the game involves far more than the happenings in the American and National leagues.

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Dennis Snelling is a member of the Society for American Baseball Research and the author of four books on baseball

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"A grand and comprehensive history of the entire league over its glory years."--NINE: A Journal of Baseball History & Culture

"There have been a few histories of the Pacific Coast League written over the years, but Snelling's work is by far the best. It will be the standard Pacific Coast League reference for years to come. We highly recommend it."--Pacific Coast League Potpourri (newsletter of the Pacific Coast League Historical Society)

"Dennis Snelling has created the definitive book on Pacific Coast League baseball...full of facts, analysis and interesting tidbits--often about guys you've never heard of, but probably would have enjoyed watching. A great overview of what was really a great baseball league."--Jonathan Leshanski, At Home Plate

"...destined to be the definitive work on the Pacific Coast League...a welcome addition to the baseball history collection of any library."--Booklist

"...a vital part of preserving the history of baseball in Southern California and beyond, long before major league baseball took over the landscape."--Tom Hoffarth, Los Angeles Daily News

"As informative and fun a league history as one could ever hope to read...indispensable for those doing their own PCL-related research. But the narrative should be enough to enthrall any fan of baseball history. Snelling's attention to the league's internecine battles and the colorful characters who fought them does much to illuminate the evolution of West Coast professional baseball. After reading this book, it's hard to argue with Snelling's assertion that the PCL truly was the Minors' "greatest league."--Benjamin Hill, MiLB.com

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