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April 7, 1925: Portland Beavers' Emmet McCann gets a first-inning hit in the season opener against the Los Angeles Angels. Catcher is Angels' Gus Sanberg and umpire is Perle Casey. Beavers won the Pacific Coast League game 7-3 in front of 12,482 fans at Washington Park in Los Angeles. This photo was published in the April 8, 1925, Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Mann / Los Angeles Times

April 7, 1925: Los Angeles Angels' first baseman Ray Grimes leaps high during a pickoff attempt of Portland Beavers' Charley High in the season opener at Washington Park. The throw was from Angels catcher Gus Sanberg. The Beavers won the Pacific Coast League game 7-3 in front of 12,482 fans. This photo was published in the April 8, 1925, Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Mann / Los Angeles Times

April 7, 1925: Members of the Los Angeles Angels and Portland Beavers carry Old Glory out onto field for flag-raising ceremonies during the season opener for the two Pacific Coast League teams at Washington Park in Los Angeles. The Beavers won the Pacific Coast League game 7-3 in front of 12,482 fans. This photo was published in the April 8, 1925 Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Mann / Los Angeles Times

April 7, 1925: Los Angeles Angels owner William Wrigley Jr., left, and wife Ada attend the season opener at Washington Park against the Portland Beavers. At right is David M. Renton, vice president of Santa Catalina Island Co. Portland won 7-3. Wrigley also owned the Chicago Cubs. Unpublished photo from the Los Angeles Times archives.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

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April 7, 1925: The Portland Beavers beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 in the Angels’ home opener at Washington Park.

Writer Robert E. Ray reported on the Pacific Coast League game in the next morning’s Los Angeles Times:

A concerted batting attack by the Portland Beavers on the offerings of Charley Root in the eighth inning gave the visitors four runs, a 7-to-3 victory, and spoiled the opener for the Seraphs (Angels nickname) and most of the 12,482 fans who paid to see the Angels get off to a flying start.

Duffy Lewis’s Ducks simply were to good for the Krugmen in yesterday’s pastime. Not even a couple of bad decisions by Umpire Teck could swing the contest to the home guard. The Angels were outhit 10 to 7, outfielded and didn’t look any too good…

Root, after wobbling in the first inning, pitched fine ball up to the eighth, when he seemed to lose his stuff. The first four Portland batters to face Charley hit safely in this inning, whereupon Marty Krug lifted him in favor of Buck Ramsey, who quieted the din of Beaver bats biffing horsehide. However, the damage had been done, so that was that.

The Oct. 19, 1925, Los Angeles Times reported that the Angels ended the season in fourth place, Portland fifth, in the eight-team Pacific Coast League.

These four images were recently scanned from four 4-by-5-inch glass negatives. Three, by staff photographer David Mann, were published in the April 8, 1925, Los Angeles Times. The fourth, of Angels owner William Wrigley Jr., was not published but most likely was also taken by Mann.

By the end of the 1925 season, the Angels were playing in the new 22,000-seat Wrigley Field, built by William Wrigley Jr.

1 Comment

  1. April 2, 2013, 7:42 am

    Amazing quality and detail in those prints! The action shots are superb. I would like to see more of David Mann's work here if possible.

    By: greytv

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