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The Vancouver Mounties were a high-level minor league baseball club based in Vancouver, British Columbia, that played in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) from 195662 and 196569. Its home field was Capilano Stadium. During the Mounties' first two seasons, 1956–57, the PCL still was a member of an experimental organized baseball ranking, the Open Classification, as it made a bid for Major League status. However, in 1958 the PCL reverted to Triple-A when the Dodgers and Giants moved to California.

Vancouver Mounties
19561969
(19561962, 19651969)
Vancouver, British Columbia
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Cap insignia
Class-level
Previous
  • Triple-A (1958–1962; 1965–1969)
  • Open (1956–1957)
Minor league affiliations
LeaguePacific Coast League (1956–1962; 1965–1969)
Major league affiliations
Previous
Team data
Previous names
Vancouver Mounties (1956–1962; 1965–1969)
Previous parks
Capilano Stadium

With their two terms during the 1950s and 1960s, Mounties were the first and second of Vancouver's three Triple-A baseball teams. The city had previously hosted numerous clubs at lower levels, including the Horse Doctors (1905; 1907), Beavers (1908–17 and 1922, although the team was alternatively known as the "Champions" and "Bees" in 1912–13 and 1915), Maple Leafs (1937) and Capilanos (1939–42; 1946–54). The Capilanos, owned by Seattle brewer Emil Sick, were a Western International League farm club of Sick's PCL Seattle Rainiers and named after his Vancouver brewery. Sick also built Capilano Stadium, which opened in 1951.[1]

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HistoryEdit

The Mounties were affiliated with a number of Major League Baseball parent clubs: the Baltimore Orioles, Milwaukee Braves, Minnesota Twins, the Athletics of both Kansas City and Oakland, and as a co-op club working with the expansion Seattle Pilots and Montreal Expos in 1969.[2][3]

The first edition of the Mounties was created after the 1955 season when the Oakland Oaks, a PCL member since 1903, relocated because of falling attendance and a dilapidated home stadium. But the 1956 Mounties, a last-place team, drew only 53,000 fans—almost a third of the Oaks' home gate during their last year in the San Francisco Bay Area.[4] However, a contending team in 1957 caused a spike in attendance to over 300,000 fans, tops in the Pacific Coast League. This pattern continued through 1962: Vancouver fans supported the Mounties during years when they ranked high in the PCL standings, and stayed away when the team was at the bottom.

In 1962, the Mounties finished seventh in the eight-team league in both win-loss record (72–79) and attendance (88,000).[4] During the off-season, massive changes swept the minor leagues. The Triple-A American Association folded its tent completely. Four of the Association's six franchises survived, including the Dallas-Ft. Worth Rangers, which joined the 1963 Pacific Coast League—where it displaced the Mounties and inherited their Twins' affiliation and playing roster.

However, this same franchise would struggle in Dallas in 1964 and return the PCL to Vancouver the following season to become the second edition of the Mounties. Attendance held at between 120,000 and 140,000 fans for competitive, but non-playoff, clubs from 1965–67, but below .500 seasons in both 1968 and 1969 dropped fan support to 83,000, then 63,000 paying customers.[4] In 1970, the club moved to Salt Lake City and became the Angels.

Vancouver was without professional baseball in the 1970s until 1978, when it received an expansion PCL franchise, the Vancouver Canadians, owned by Harry Ornest. After 22 seasons, the club moved south after 1999 to Sacramento and became the River Cats. They were immediately replaced by the current Canadians franchise in 2000, in the Class A-Short Season Northwest League.

Notable alumniEdit

Yearly recordEdit

Year Record Finish
Full Season
Attendance Manager Postseason
1956 67–98 Eighth 52,893 Lefty O'Doul No playoffs held
1957 68–71 Second 306,145 Charlie Metro No playoffs held
1958 79–73 Third 245,590 Charlie Metro No playoffs held
1968 82–69 Second 238,970 Charlie Metro No playoffs held
1960 68–84 Seventh 144,278 George Staller No playoffs held
1961 87–67 Second 200,143 Billy Hitchcock No playoffs held
1962 72–79 Seventh 88,075 Jack McKeon No playoffs held
1965 77–69 Third
(West Division)
124,048 Haywood Sullivan
Bobby Hofman
DNQ
1966 77–71 Second
(West Division)
121,482 Mickey Vernon DNQ
1967 77–69 Third
(West Division)
143,541 Mickey Vernon DNQ
1968 58–88 Sixth
(West Division)
82,028 Mickey Vernon DNQ
1969 77–71 Second (tied)
(North Division)
62,666 Bob Lemon DNQ

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ John Mackie, The Vancouver Sun, 2014.06.14
  2. ^ "Mountie club slates battle for franchise". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Associated Press. 7 December 1962.
  3. ^ Empey, Dave (9 April 1969). "It's an itch of impatience". Vancouver Sun.
  4. ^ a b c Johnson, Lloyd; Wolff, Miles, eds. (1997). The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball (2nd ed.). Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America. ISBN 978-0-9637189-8-3.

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