BOB HAYASHIDA

     In 1964, Roseville Merchant pitcher Vernon Kemp struck out 20 Twin Cities Giant batters, most in the PNL that season. The left handed pitcher Kemp had spent 3 seasons in the minor leagues ('61-'63), where he combined to post a 21-21 record with a 3.78 ERA in 67 career games. Kemp advanced as high as level-A while with Miami Marlins of the Florida State League at age 22 in 1963. One of the few mistakes Kemp made in the game vs Twin Cities was a booming home run to Giant's playing manager Ray Webster. Webster, from Grass Valley, California had spent 9 years as a professional including the '59 season with the Cleveland Indians and 3 at bats with the Boston Red Sox in 1960. He combined to hit .246 with 54 home runs during his pro career which included 4 seasons at the "AAA" level. He hit .244 with 10 homers for the Sacramento Solons in 1958. Also on the 1964 Twin Cities team was shortstop Clyde "Brud" Perry who spent 8 seasons in the minor leagues (5 at the "AA" level) with a career .245 average.

    

     The Placer-Nevada Baseball League ended it's 42 year run when pitcher Freddie George led his Cubs to the 1968 championship, Auburn's 9th PNL title. The town of Roseville with several different sponsors (the Order of the Redmen, Pacific Fruit Express Club (PFE), the Happy Hour Club, and the Roseville Merchants) have won the most league titles with 10. Lincoln won 8 championships while Placerville has won 7.

PLACER-NEVADA BASEBALL LEAGUE

 NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BASEBALL HISTORY

     Left handed pitcher Fred Besana pitched for his hometown Potters (1948, '53) and Roseville as a teenager during the late 1940's before signing a professional contract in 1950 with the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League. Besana spent 8 seasons in the minor leagues including 4 at the "Open" level (higher than "AAA" but lower than major league) and 3 years at the "AAA" level. He won 58 games while losing 67 with a career 4.33 earned run average. His best season at a high level was 1959 when he went 9-8 with a stellar 2.77 ERA for the Vancouver Mounties of the "AAA" Pacific Coast League. He made his major league debut in 1956 with the Baltimore Orioles getting into 7 games and posting a 1-0 record with a 5.60 ERA.  (see Yuba-Sutter Baseball)


     Besana spent the 1953 season with the independent Marysville Giants (see Yuba-Sutter baseball, 1953) while he was stationed at Travis Air Force Base during the Korean Conflict. He led the Yuba-Sutter team to the area's best season of all-time (32-5) while competing against some of Northern California's best semi-pro teams. He set Yuba-Sutter semi-pro records that still stand today for most wins in a season (23), Winning % (.920--23-2), and shutouts (6). He averaged more than 13 K's/game. During the National Baseball Congress Northern California semi-pro tournament, Besana set a tournament record by striking out 17 Atwater Plumber batters in the opening round. Marysville finished as runners-up to the Ford Ord Warriors who went on to win the California state title.

KEN BARNES played  for several PNL teams during the 50's and 60's. He was the league's Rookie of the Year in 1955 while with the Colfax Fireballs.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA BASEBALL-----CALIFORNIA SEMI-PRO BASEBALL

YEAR       PNL    CHAMPION


1923     AUBURN-NEWCASTLE

1924     ROSEVILLE TIGERS

1925     LOOMIS

1926     LINCOLN CUBS

1927     GRASS VALLEY MINERS

1928     AUBURN CUBS

1929     AUBURN CUBS

1930     ROSEVILLE REDMEN

1931     ROSEVILLE PFE

1932     AUBURN CUBS

1933     ROSEVILLE REDMEN

1934     ROSEVILLE REDMEN

1935     PLACERVILLE OUTLAWS

1936     FOLSOM

1937     AUBURN CUBS

1938     FOLSOM

1939     AUBURN CUBS

1940     AUBURN CUBS

1941     LINCOLN POTTERS

'42-'45  No league during WWll

1946     ROSEVILLE WOLF & ROYER

1947     ROSEVILLE WOLF & ROYER

1948     PLACERVILLE BARTLETTS

1949     ROSEVILLE WOLF & ROYER

1950     LINCOLN POTTERS

1951     LINCOLN POTTERS

1952     LINCOLN POTTERS

1953     ROSEVILLE HAPPY HOUR

1954     LINCOLN POTTERS

1955     ROSEVILLE HAPPY HOUR

1956     LINCOLN POTERS

1957     LINCOLN POTTERS

1958     CHICO COLTS

1959    TWIN CITIES GIANTS

1960     AUBURN CUBS

1961     PLACERVILLE OUTLAWS

1962     PLACERVILLE OUTLAWS

1963     PLACERVILLE OUTLAWS

1964     PLACERVILLE OUTLAWS

1965    TWIN CITIES GIANTS

1966     PLACERVILLE OUTLAWS

1967     YUBA-SUTTER TWINS

1968     AUBURN CUBS

TOMMY GLAVIANO

CEDO BESANA

FRED BESANA SR.

JIM WESTLAKE

MUZIO BAKERY

        1960

     The Placerville Outlaws dominated the first half of the 1960's by winning 5 of 6 PNL championships ('61-'64, '66). The '61 and '62 Outlaw teams were led by the pitching of lefty Leroy Stevens and the hitting of first baseman Jim Westlake. In 1953, Stevens pitched 53 consecutive scoreless innings while with the Lincoln Potters. He had previously spent 4 years in the minor leagues winning 16 game while losing 23 including a 1-1 record while with the "AA" Sacramento Solons at age 17 in 1945. Westlake had a 9-year professional career including one at bat (0-1) in the majors for the Philadelphia Phillies. He averaged .280 over the course of his minor league career which included parts of 6 seasons at the "AAA" level and 3 at the "Open" level.

     The Placer-Nevada Baseball League was founded in 1923 by newspaperman Allen "Scoop" Thurman, editor of the Colfax Record. Auburn-Newcastle was a charter member and won the league's initial championship. Other charter members of the six-team semi-pro league included Roseville, Colfax, Lincoln, Grass Valley North Star Mine and Grass Valley Empire Mine. Most PNL teams were based in Placer and Nevada counties including the Truckee Moutaineers however other teams as far away as Marysville, Chico, Oroville, Orland (defunct Sacramento Valley League teams) and Lodi would later join the circuit. From 1951-1957 JACL (Japanese American Citizens League), an all-Japanese team from Penryn/Loomis competed in the league. The team was led by catcher Bob Hayashida. Hayashida and Fred Besana formed the battery for the 1949 Placer Junior College championship team.


     PNL games were mostly played on Sundays, generally before crowds of 500-1,200 onlookers. In 1926, the Lincoln Potters won the PCL title and was led by seventeen year old pitcher Cedo Besana, father of Baltimore Oriole pitcher Fred Besana and grandfather of Bay Area Invader quarterback Fred Besana Jr. The Potters were a PNL powerhouse during the 1950's, winning titles in 1950, '51, '52, '54, '56, and '57. They also won championships in 1926 and 1941. The Potters were sponsored by Gladding McBean, a terra cotta and clay manufacturing company located in Lincoln that replaced much of the friezes and other ornamental decorative pieces that were destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. The sewer pipe and roofing tile manufacturer was founded in 1875 and still operates today as one of California's oldest companies.

    Like other semi-pro leagues in Northern California, the PCL had it's smattering of professional ballplayers.  In 1950, while in the midst of his 13 year pro career, Tommy Glaviano suited up for the Lincoln Potters and blasted 3 home runs against Jack Carpender and his Placerville Bartletts. Carpender would spend 15 years in the PNL and once pitched a no hitter against Colfax. His 21 strikeouts versus Grass Valley in 1954 was a PNL record until Hal Perry struck out 24 in 1962. Glaviano, a Sacramento native who attended Sacramento High School became a professional ballplayer at age 17 when he hit .253 for the Fresno Cardinals. In 1946, Glaviano led the Class-C California League in slugging % (. 616). He also led his Fresno Cardinals in batting (.338), Home Runs (22, 3rd best in the CL), Triples (13, 2nd in the CL), Doubles (29, 4th in the CL), Hits (147, 6th in the CL) and Total Bases (268, the CL's 2nd most). He made his major league debut with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1949 and hit .267 with 6 homers in 87 games. He spent 5 seasons with the Cards and Phillies ('49-'53) with a career .257 average with 24 home runs. He spent the '54 and '55 seasons with the Sacramento Solons where he hit .213 and .228 respectively. He ended his pro career at age 33 in 1957 after batting .176 for the San Antonio Missions of the AA Texas League.

"BRUD" PERRY

RAY WEBSTER