Chicago Cubs vs Los Angeles Angels – 1925
March 13, 1925: Chicago Cubs’ Charlie Grimm is thrown out at first with Los Angeles Angel’s pitcher Elmer Phillips taking the throw. The Cubs won 10-0 in an exhibition game between the major league Cubs and the minor league Angels.
Writer Robert E. Ray reported in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times:
Friday the 13th was admittedly unlucky for the Angels, who were blanked, 10 to 0, by the Chicago Cubs in the first game of the season at Washington Park yesterday, but it was even more so for the some 2800 fans who paid perfectly good money to watch a terrible ball game. The Angels will undoubtedly lose more games this season and get over the effects of yesterday’s set-back, but the fans who paid will never get their money’s worth…
Elmer Phillips, an 18-year-old chucker, just out of high school started for the Seraphs (nickname for Angels) and impressed with his work. Phillips was rapped for four runs during his five-inning stay, but was cool as a well-iced refrigerator while on the mound. Phillips, if he continues to improve as he has since he left Jefferson High School last year, will be ready for a regular berth after he gets a season of experience.
Following the 10-0 loss in the opener of three-game series, the Angels won Game 2, 13-7. The Cubs then won Game 3, 8-7.
William Wrigley Jr owned both teams. In 1925, he built Wrigley Field at 42nd Street and Avalon Boulevard in South Los Angeles. The Angels moved to the new stadium for the 1926 season.
Charlie Grimm played first base for the Cubs – later becoming team manager, winning National League Championships in 1932, 1935 and 1945.
According to this baseball-reference.com web page, Elmer Phillips played minor league baseball until 1945.
This photo was published in the March 14, 1925, Los Angeles Times. The photo below was unpublished but was in same storage envelope with the above photo. Both photos were recently scanned from 4×5- inch glass negatives.
March 13, 1925: A Chicago Cubs player is called out at first during a game with the Los Angeles Angels. No other information is available for this unpublished photo. Credit: David Mann/Los Angeles Times
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