North Bend-Coos Bay Athletics

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Team History[edit]

The only professional baseball team to represent Coos Bay, OR or North Bend, OR played in the Northwest League from 1970 to 1972 as a member of the Northwest League.

In their first season, the Coos Bay-North Bend A's were the class of the NWL with a 45-35 record for manager Harry Bright to take the title. Despite their success, they had the smallest attendance in the league (14,817 fans). They outscored their opponents 478-459, second in the league in both runs and fewest runs allowed. Glenn Abbott (8-3, 3.83) was sixth in the league in ERA while reliever H. Wayne Sinclair (10-6, 8 Sv, 4.39) tied for the league lead in both wins and saves. 3B Dean Joost (.265/~.346/.416) was second in the league with 64 RBI and was their lone All-Star. 2B Vic Harris (.326/~.396/.441, 30 for 34 in SB) was fourth in the league in average.

In 1971, the Oakland A's farm club was 36-42, fourth in the five-team NWL and management changed during the year from Jim Reinhold to Warren Hacker. 11,701 fans came out, again placing them last in attendance. They were outscored 461-377, mustering the league's weakest offensive punch. The only All-Star was relief pitcher Bob Wolf. They again had a reliever lead the league in wins as Wolf went 13-0 with three saves in his 26 outings, posting a 1.36 ERA in the process. He did not qualify for the ERA title or he would have easily been the winner.

The 1972 edition of the A's was 33-45, next to last, and was last in attendance (10,220) - almost every team tripled their attendance as only the Lewiston Broncs just missed having three times as many. Grover Resinger managed the All-Star-less club, which was outscored 474-424, having the league's worst pitching/defense. The most prominent career would be had by OF Claudell Washington (.279/~.289/.346, .864 fielding) while troubled catcher Ronald Williamson (.265/~.341/.361, 23 passed balls to tie for the league lead) would become the center of legal attention later in life and the subject of a book by a best-selling author.

Sources: 1971-1973 Baseball Guides

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1970 45-35 1st Harry Bright none League Champs
1971 36-42 4th Jim Reinebold / Warren Hacker none
1972 33-45 5th Grover Resinger none