Posted by Jim Carroll on Wednesday, June 20, 2007 at 07:41:25 :
In Reply to: Re; Seal Stadium posted by Jim Heiser on Tuesday, February 06, 2007 at 15:59:05 :
Yes, and before that you had to take a streetcar if you were going to Seal's Stadium. And across the street was the old Hamm's Brewery. During those years there were a lot of breweries in that area, and you will remember that Seal's Stadium was up on a hill so you had a good view of the entire outer Mission. Lefty O'Doul was the manager and he had a lot of good players, and there were a lot of good players that came to town. The Beavers, Solons, Oaks, Raniers, and I can't remember what the San Diego team was but will always remember Luke Easter, the giant Black Man that could blast the ball out of the park.
Cushion boy! Humph, sold Programs and got a lot more for them than just the cushions. But then, those were bench seats. Later I went inside and sold cokes, and you had to pour them from the bottles (which you would try to leave some in for a little treat later on). I remember going to Kezar to watch the 49ers before they got into the real League; I think it was in 47 or 1948. They were Scarlet and White for the Santa Clara Broncos which supplied most of the players. Santa Clara, Saint Mary's Galloping Gales, and the USF Dons were the teams that played at Kezar in those days, until I believe 1950 or 51, when USF dropped football and that whole team went to Tulsa.
My father went to all of the games and sat with a bunch of guys in the SS section. It was like they had season tickets behind the western goal posts. Nah, it just seemed like they were a bunch of drunks but they did have a good time. And afterwards they would stop off at the Kezar Club.
They played a lot of games there, and they weren't always the pros - and what the heck, the colleges were like pros after the war. High Scools made Kezar their home field as well (some did not have stadiums).
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