Portland (minor league baseball team)
Portland was the name of a professional baseball team that a member of the fleeting Oregon State League in 1893. Portland represented Portland, Oregon and played against teams from Albany, Independence, and Oregon City. In the early stages of the team, H. Hammond oversaw the club's operations. Later, W. H. Kennedy led the team financially and Edward Stapleton bore the managerial duties. Portland used City View Park as their home until switching to the West End Grounds after June 25. In all league games, Portland played 18 games compiling seven wins and 11 losses.
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|League||Oregon State League|
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A Portland club was one of the four planned team to be a member of the newly formed Oregon State League. In March, there was a report that Henry W. Hammond of Portland was working to get a baseball league in the State of Oregon. Hammond announced he was looking for financial backers for teams in Portland, Salem, Astoria, Albany, Eugene, The Dalles, and Oregon City. The name "Oregon State League" was later devised and expected to start sometime in late-May with a four-team circuit.
At a league convention on May 11, 1893 in Salem, Oregon, Hammond and Watts released the league constitution, and by-laws. Both stepped down as leaders of the league and in their place league owners voted W. M. Hunt of the Salem club as president. A few weeks later, Hunt announced the league's schedule would feature 36 games. The original league schedule had Albany traveling to Portland on May 27, however, the league's opening day was pushed back to May 30 due to bad weather. Before their first game, Portland worked deals with the local electric streetcar operators to give fans a discount of fare to City View Park, the club's home field. Admission into the park would cost twenty-five cents a person. Women, however, had the privilege of being admitted into the grandstands for free while their male counterparts were faced with an additional twenty-five cent charge.
Portland's official first game started at 2:45 p.m. on May 30, 1893. Their opponent was changed from Albany to Oregon City. The crowd was described as "large". Albert Collet of the Independence club was allowed to play for Portland since their newly signed second baseman had yet made it to town. Both teams played sloppy according to The Oregonian as Portland lost 13–19. Portland's second game was played against the Albany club at City View Park in front of a "small crowd". Albany took the game, 11–5.
On June 4, Portland faced Albany for the second time in as many days, losing to them by a score of 6–11. On their first road trip, Portland traveled to Albany where they were beat twice in one weekend (June 10–11). The final game of the series was in front of a crowd of 1,000 people. Portland's sixth straight loss since the opening of the season came on June 17 in Independence. It was noted that not many people turned out to see Portland fall to the home team 11–5.
Portland's first win of the season came on June 18 in Independence. Portland toppled the home team, 5–1. During their scheduled home game against Independence on June 24, Portland was forced to switch venues at the last minute since their ballpark was being occupied by an amateur team. The two clubs instead used the Oregon City ballpark where Portland defeated Independence 10–9. On June 25, Portland compiled 17 hits, and stole 26 bases in their victory over Independence. The two clubs instead used the Oregon City ballpark where Portland defeated Independence 10–9. Five-hundred spectators were present as Portland marked their first game at their new home, West End Grounds.
In their next four games, Portland faced Oregon City. The first two games were played on the weekend of July 2–3 in Oregon City. During the second game, Portland's Rankin hit two home runs. Both ended in losses for Portland. The teams traveled back to Portland for the next weekend's series. The two games took place at West End Grounds. Portland won both match-ups. During their next match-up in Albany on July 15, Portland out-scored the home team 19–12. Albany was defeated by Portland again the next day. The score was 7–4. Portland was two wins away from a .500 winning percentage with their 7–9 record going into their game against Albany which was scheduled to be played in Astoria, Oregon, on July 22. Albany won the closely contested game, 10–9. Portland's last recorded game came on July 30 at Oregon City. Portland was edged 6–5 in that contest. The league folded after the game and play was canceled.
It was announced on August 12, 1893, that the Portland club was going to travel to Boise, Idaho, to play their team. In the first game, Portland sent Youngy Johnson to start. Boise edged Portland 7–6. Portland also lost the second game, 10–8.
|1||May 30||Oregon City||13–19||Portland, Oregon||City View Park||"large"||0–1|
|2||June 3||Albany||5–11||Portland, Oregon||City View Park||"small"||0–2|
|3||June 4||Albany||6–11||Portland, Oregon||City View Park||N/A||0–3|
|4||June 10||Albany||3–6||Albany, Oregon||N/A||N/A||0–4|
|5||June 11||Albany||9–17||Albany, Oregon||N/A||1,000||0–5|
|6||June 17||Independence||5–11||Independence, Oregon||N/A||"not large"||0–6|
|7||June 18||Independence||5–1||Independence, Oregon||N/A||N/A||1–6|
|8||June 24||Independence||10–9||Oregon City, Oregon||Oregon City Grounds||"small"||2–6|
|9||June 25||Independence||10–4||Portland, Oregon||West End Grounds||500||3–6|
|10||July 2||Oregon City||4–11||Oregon City, Oregon||Oregon City Grounds||500||3–7|
|11||July 3||Oregon City||4–8||Oregon City, Oregon||Oregon City Grounds||"good"||3–8|
|12||July 4||Oregon City||5–7||Oregon City, Oregon||Oregon City Grounds||N/A||3–9|
|13||July 9||Oregon City||11–9||Portland, Oregon||West End Grounds||N/A||4–9|
|14||July 10||Oregon City||10–7||Portland, Oregon||West End Grounds||"large"||5–9|
|15||July 15||Albany||19–12||Albany, Oregon||N/A||N/A||6–9|
|16||July 16||Albany||7–4||Albany, Oregon||N/A||N/A||7–9|
|17||July 22||Albany||9–10||Astoria, Oregon||N/A||N/A||7–10|
|18||July 31||Oregon City||5–6||Oregon City, Oregon||Oregon City Grounds||"well attended"||7–11|
|19||August 14||Boise||6–7||Boise, Idaho||N/A||N/A||7–12|
|20||August 14||Boise||8–10||Boise, Idaho||N/A||N/A||7–13|
- "In fields of sport". The Oregonian. 16 April 1893. p. 3.
- "Other kinds of sport". The Oregonian. 13 March 1893. p. 2.
- "In fields of sport". The Oregonian. 23 April 1893. p. 2.
- "The Oregon State League". The Oregonian. 12 May 1893. p. 2.
- "State ball league". The Oregonian. 14 May 1893. p. 2.
- "Oregon's baseball league". The Oregonian. 23 May 1893. p. 3.
- "The opening game". The Oregonian. 30 May 1893. p. 2.
- "First of season". The Oregonian. 4 June 1893. p. 2.
- "Albany wins again". The Oregonian. 5 June 1893. p. 2.
- "Portland defeated in Albany". The Oregonian. 11 June 1893. p. 2.
- "Portland loses at Albany". The Oregonian. 12 June 1893. p. 2.
- "Portland again defeated". The Oregonian. 18 June 1893. p. 2.
- "Won a game at last". The Oregonian. 19 June 1893. p. 2.
- "The state league". The Oregonian. 25 June 1893. p. 2.
- "Three in a row". The Oregonian. 26 June 1893. p. 2.
- "Portland lost again". The Oregonian. 3 July 1893. p. 2.
- "The state league". The Oregonian. 2 July 1893. p. 2.
- "In second place". The Oregonian. 9 July 1893. p. 2.
- "Nearing the top". The Oregonian. 10 July 1893. p. 4.
- "The state league". The Oregonian. 16 July 1893. p. 2.
- "Seven in the first". The Oregonian. 17 July 1893. p. 2.
- "The state league". The Oregonian. 23 July 1893. p. 2.
- "Portland lost to Oregon City". The Oregonian. 31 July 1893. p. 2.
- "Portland beaten twice". The Oregonian. 15 August 1893. p. 3.