- Location: Hollywood, CA
- League: Pacific Coast League 1926-1935, 1938-1957
- Affiliation: New York Giants 1941; Pittsburgh Pirates 1945-1946; Chicago White Sox 1947-1948; Brooklyn Dodgers 1949-1950; Pittsburgh Pirates 1951-1952, 1954-1957
- Ballpark: Wrigley Field (LA) 1926-1935, 1938; Gilmore Field 1939-1957
The Hollywood Stars were longtime members of the Pacific Coast League. They began play in 1926 when the Salt Lake City Bees relocated to Southern California. Despite the club's "Hollywood" name, they played their home games in Los Angeles at Wrigley Field, a park they shared with the Los Angeles Angels of the PCL. The team couldn't compete with the already popular Angels, and the Stars relocated to San Diego after the 1935 season and became the San Diego Padres.
A second club called the Hollywood Stars began play in 1938 when the San Francisco Missions moved south. The club was purchased by Bob Cobb, owner of the famous Hollywood dinner spot, The Brown Derby, and at various times many movie stars, including Gracie Allen, Gene Autry, George Burns, Gary Cooper, Bing Crosby, Cecil B. DeMille, William Powell and Barbara Stanwyck, had an interest (Elizabeth Taylor was a batgirl in her teens).
For the club's first season, they shared Wrigley Field with the Angels, and in 1939, the team moved into Gilmore Field. The Stars proximity to Hollywood (CBS' Television City was next door to the park) meant that stars often filled the box seats, and also that the Stars broke some baseball-on-television ground. The Stars were first televised in 1939 and in the 1940s they were the first club to televise its home games.
The second incarnation of the Stars became one of the top PCL teams, winning pennants in 1949, 1952, and 1953, in part due to an arrangement they worked out with the Brooklyn Dodgers to receive Dodger prospects in exchange for Brooklyn having right of first refusal on Stars players. When Branch Rickey moved to the Pittsburgh Pirates, the Stars became an official affiliate of Pittsburgh's during the team's last years.
The Brooklyn Dodgers' announcement that they were relocating to Los Angeles led to the Stars' demise. The club was sold to Utah businessman Nick Morgan for $175,000 after the 1957 season and relocated, ironically, to Salt Lake City.
Perhaps the two most notable things about the team historically are the team's adoption of shorts as part of the uniform for a short while in the 1950's, and the team's location - players often got the chance to associate with movie starlets, something lacking in other minor league towns.
|1929||113-89||3rd||Oscar Vitt||League Champs|
|1930||119-81||1st||Oscar Vitt||League Champs|
|1931||104-83||2nd||Oscar Vitt||Lost League Finals|
|1941||85-91||4th||Bill Sweeney||Lost in 1st round|
|1946||95-88||3rd||Buck Fausett (66-65) / Jimmie Dykes (29-23)||Lost in 1st round|
|1948||84-104||6th||Jimmie Dykes (65-88) / Lou Stringer / Mule Haas|
|1949||109-78||1st||Fred Haney||League Champs|
|1951||93-74||2nd||Fred Haney||Lost League Finals|
|1954||101-68||2nd||Bobby Bragan||Lost in 1st round|
|1955||91-81||3rd (t)||Bobby Bragan||none|
- Dick Beverage: The Hollywood Stars, Arcadia Publishers, Mount Pleasant SC, 2005.
- Richard E. Beverage: "When the Angels and Stars Ruled Los Angeles", in Jean Hastings Ardell and Andy McCue, ed.: Endless Seasons: Baseball in Southern California, The National Pastime, SABR, Number 41, 2011, pp. 113-115.