8.375 in HIGH x 13.75 in WIDE
(21.27 cm HIGH x 34.92 cm WIDE)
Oakland Tribune Collection, Oakland Museum of California, gift of ANG Newspapers

"... / bios... / #1396," "L to R. / FRANK VOLPI, catcher / CECIL DUNN, 1st b... / LLOYD CHRISTOPHER, ... / CHARLEY BATES, ... / DAN ESCOBAR, outfi... / PETE CHAPMAN, ou..." (handwritten in pencil on back); "TRIB D APR 4 - 1940" & " TRIB D APR 24 1940" (stamped in purple ink onto captions affixed to back)

Black and white photograph in two pieces (A & B) attached via clear (now yellowed) tape. Photo depicts six Oakland Oaks baseball players in full uniform. Uniforms are white and have an oak leaf insignia reading "OAKS" on the front. Caps have the "O" insignia. Players are all holding bats over their shoulders and are looking to their left with serious expressions on their faces. They are standing on a grass field. Captions affixed to back of photo read: "The six players pictured above are all newcomers to the force of regulars on the Oakland ball club. Several are touted as being exceptionally able hitters. Pictured are (left to right): Frank Volpi, catcher; Cecil Dunn, first base; Lloyd Christopher, center field; Charley Bates, first base; Dan Escobar and Pete Chapman, outfielders. In his first appearance in a league game Escobar delivered a pinch hit last Tuesday, starting the ninth inning rally that enabled Oakland to beat the Seals.--Tribune photo" and "Cecil "Dynamite" Dunn, Oakland first baseman, who won last night's game in the 13th inning with a hit against the left field fence. Dunn is leading the local club for season in runs batted in.--Tribune photo." Photo has been touched up for reproduction purposes and there are white painted cropping registration marks around Cecil Dunn's image. "2 COLS" has been handwritten in black beneath these marks.

Oakland Oaks (PCL)From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland_Oaks_%28PCL%29 (7/13/2007)The Oakland Oaks were a minor league baseball team which played in the Pacific Coast League from 1903 until 1955. Along with the Los Angeles Angels, Portland Beavers, Sacramento Solons, San Francisco Seals, and Seattle Indians, the Oaks were charter members of the Pacific Coast League which was founded in 1903. The team finished last that year, and finished either last or next to last place four more times before winning its first PCL pennant in 1912. The Oaks (or �Acorns� as they were also called) played their home games at Freeman�s Park at 59th Street and San Pablo Avenue and at Recreation Park in San Francisco.After the 1912 season, the Oaks opened their new stadium, named Oakland Ball Park (or simply Oaks Park) though it was located in the neighboring city of Emeryville at San Pablo and Park Avenues. In their first season at Oaks Park the Acorns finished last, and were mired in the second division for more than a decade. In 1916, a struggling Oaks team made history by breaking the professional baseball color line, as Jimmy Claxton pitched in both ends of a double-header on May 28th, 1916. He was introduced to the team as an American Indian, but once the team discovered that his ancestry was both Native American and African, he was fired.In 1927, the Oaks won their first pennant at Oaks Park, finishing 120-75 (.615), 14_ games over the runner-up Seals.In 1943, a controlling interest in the Oaks was purchased by C. L. �Brick� Laws, who operated the team for its remaining seasons. In 1946, Laws hired Charles �Casey� Stengel, the former manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Braves of the National League to manage the Oaks. He responded with second and fourth place finishes, before the club won its most celebrated pennant in 1948. It was in Oakland that Stengel developed his talent for �platooning,� i.e., juggling his lineup to maximize each player�s potential in given situations, that served him so famously as manager of the New York Yankees.On October 18, 1967, twelve years after the Oaks played their last game in Emeryville, the American League owners gave Kansas City Athletics president Charles O. Finley permission to move the Athletics to Oakland for the 1968 season.

Used: Oakland Tribune

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