Vernon Tigers

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Team History[edit]

The Vernon Tigers played in the Pacific Coast League, beginning operations in 1909 in the newly-formed railroad town 5 miles south of downtown Los Angeles as the PCL expanded from 4 to 6 teams. With several railroad lines crossing at Vernon, and no restriction on selling alcohol (as opposed to dry Los Angeles-proper), Vernon's founders decided to build a 7,000-seat stadium for boxing and baseball, with "the world's biggest bar" right outside the left field wall. For the 1913-14 seasons and part of 1915 the team was moved temporarily to Venice, CA where they were known as the Venice Tigers. The club was briefly owned by silent-film star Fatty Arbuckle from 1919-1920, a period that saw Tiger Babe Borton banned for alleged throwing of games during the 1919 season and the passing of the 18th Amendment, nullifying Vernon's permissive alcohol laws and taking away the advantages of their park's location. After the 1925 season, the club moved north and became the San Francisco Missions.

Year-by-Year Record[edit]

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs notes
1909 80-131 6th W.L. "Happy" Hogan none
1910 113-107 4th W.L. "Happy" Hogan none
1911 118-88 2nd W.L. "Happy" Hogan none
1912 118-93 2nd W.L. "Happy" Hogan none
1915 59-54 (102-104 overall) 4th Doc White none Venice (43-50) moved to Vernon July 11
1916 115-91 2nd Hamilton Patterson none
1917 84-128 6th George Stovall none
1918 58-44 1st Bill Essick League suspended operations July 14
1919 111-70 1st Bill Essick none League Champs
1920 110-88 1st Bill Essick none League Champs
1921 96-90 6th Bill Essick none
1922 123-72 2nd Bill Essick none
1923 77-122 8th Bill Essick none
1924 97-104 6th Bill Essick none
1925 80-120 8th Bill Essick (43-75) / Rube Ellis (37-35) none

Further Reading[edit]

  • Josh Jackson: "In PCL of 1919, Tigers were wild, dangerous: Film star Arbuckle took reins of rowdy franchise before title run",, January 3, 2020. [1]
  • Josh Jackson: "Truth about Tigers emerges in pennant race: Grand jury exposes Borton's misdeeds, mars Vernon's 1919 title",, January 6, 2020. [2]

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