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The Seattle Rainiers were a longtime member of the Pacific Coast League, beginning play in 1919. The club, known as the Seattle Indians from 1922-1937, was renamed the Rainiers in 1938 when beer magnate Emil Sick bought the team and named it after his brand of beer. That same season, the team began play in Sicks Stadium. The team played in the PCL for 27 seasons as the Rainiers before the California Angels bought the franchise from Sick and renamed the team the Seattle Angels. That lasted until 1969, when the American League placed the expansion Seattle Pilots in the city. When the Pilots left for Milwaukee after a single trouble-plagued season, the Rainiers returned from 1972 through 1976 as a Northwest League team before major league baseball again displaced the team.


[edit] Year-by-Year Record

Year Record Finish Manager Playoffs
1919 62-108 8th Bill Clymer (38-70) / Charlie Mullen (24-38) none
1920 102-91 2nd Buzzy Wares none
1921 103-82 4th Buzzy Wares / Bill Kenworthy none
1938 100-75 2nd Jack Lelivelt Lost in 1st round
1939 101-73 1st Jack Lelivelt Lost in 1st round
1940 112-66 1st Jack Lelivelt League Champs
1941 104-70 1st Bill Skiff League Champs
1942 96-82 3rd Bill Skiff League Champs
1943 85-70 3rd Bill Skiff Lost League Finals
1944 84-85 5th Bill Skiff
1945 105-78 2nd Bill Skiff Lost League Finals
1946 74-109 7th (t) Bill Skiff / Jo-Jo White
1947 91-95 5th Jo-Jo White
1948 93-95 4th Jo-Jo White Lost League Finals
1949 95-93 5th Jo-Jo White (56-54) / Bill Lawrence (39-39)
1950 96-104 6th Paul Richards none
1951 99-68 1st Rogers Hornsby League Champs
1952 96-84 3rd Bill Sweeney none
1953 98-82 2nd Bill Sweeney none
1954 77-85 5th Jerry Priddy
1955 95-77 1st Fred Hutchinson none
1956 91-77 2nd Luke Sewell / Bill Brenner none
1957 87-80 5th Lefty O'Doul none
1958 68-86 8th Connie Ryan none
1959 74-80 7th Fred Hutchinson / Alan Strange none
1960 77-75 4th Dick Sisler none
1961 86-68 3rd Johnny Pesky none
1962 76-74 4th Johnny Pesky none
1963 68-90 10th Mel Parnell
1964 81-75 7th Edo Vanni
1972 30-50 6th Ray Washburn
1973 33-46 5th Jim Hoff none
1974 45-39 5th Greg Riddoch
1975 35-44 5th Ron Gibson / Doug Peterson / Bill Tsoukalas
1976 39-33 3rd Arthur Peterson

[edit] Further Reading

  • Dan Raley: "A man named Sick made Seattle well", in Mark Armour, ed.: Rain Check: Baseball in the Pacific Northwest, Society for American Baseball Research, Cleveland, OH, 2006, pp. 56-62.
  • Damn Raley: Pitchers of Beer: The Story of the Seattle Rainiers, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2012.

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