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The Portland Beavers is minor league baseball team from the town of Portland, Oregon in the Pacific Coast League. It is currently the Triple-A. affiliate for the San Diego Padres. It is a fact that the name has been in use by multiple franchises, but the present club, which is operating in Portland since 2001 claims to have the history of all previous name as its property.
They claim for having a stance that they were established in 1903, which was the same year of the establishment of Pacific Coast League. The actual team name, the Beavers, originated in 1906 following a newspaper contest to rename the existing Portland team that was created in 1901 when the Portland Baseball Club was started by a group of Portland businessmen.
Portland Beavers club was a charter member of the Pacific Coast League in 1903. Along with Sacramento, Portland is one of two charter cities that still has a team in the PCL. On December 10, 1902, Henry Harris, the owner of the California League's San Francisco team announced that the Pacific Northwest League team from Portland and a new team from Seattle were joining with the California League to create the Pacific Coast League. The Portland Baseball Club began play in the PCL in 1903, being known as the Portland Browns.
The Pacific Northwest League tried to fight with the new Pacific Coast League in their first year. The new team in Portland that year, the Green Gages, only played until July 1 when they had to move to Salt Lake City, and they made a change in their name as of Elders. By the end of the 1905, the old Pacific Northwest/National League was gone for good. The PCL continued on though, as did the Portland Baseball Club. The PCL joined the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues after 1904, thus making Portland a Class A league team.
Portland outfielder Walter McCredie and his uncle Judge William McCredie had purchased the team in 1904. They decided to change the name of the team the Giants for the 1905 season. A newspaper contest was held to rename the team; the team was renamed as the Beavers during the season of 1906. The team with a new name Portland Beavers won their first PCL match in 1906.
During the 1910s the Beavers developed some working relationships with other teams. From 1911-1914 the Portland Beavers had their own farm team who played in the Northwest League (renamed the Pacific Coast International League in 1918). In 1913 and 1914 Portland played well, winning the pennant in both seasons. Though the 1915 Beavers featured future Hall of Fame Stan Coveleski, the team didn't fare too well, and started into a tailspin that would last for over a decade. The year also marked the end of their relationship with the Cleveland Indians.
With America's entry into World War I, restrictions were placed on travel, such that the Beavers withdrew from the PCL for the 1918 season, playing instead in the Class B Pacific Coast International League. The team was known as the Portland Buckaroos and finished their shortened season (play was stopped on July 7 due to the War) in second place 1 1/2 games back of Seattle. Ironically, the PCL ceased play just a week later as they too were unable to continue play due to the travel restrictions.
Due to the Beaver's withdrawal from the PCL, the league offered Sacramento, California a franchise to replace the Portland team, while the McCredie's continued to own the baseball club in Portland. The new team in Sacramento was known as the Sacramento Senators, and is considered by some to be a continuation of the original Portland Baseball Club.
Portland was offered an expansion franchise and re-entered the PCL in 1919. The team didn't do as well as they finished in seventh place, only ahead of last place Seattle who was also an expansion team that year. Portland finished in last place in 1920 and again in 1921. After the 1921 season, the McCredie's sold the team to Walter Klepper who had been president of the Seattle team.
Klepper brought in Jim Thorpe who played with the Beavers for the 1922 season, paying him a then unheard of minor league salary of $1000 per month. According to the book The Portland Beavers by Kip Carlson and Paul Andresen, Klepper had gone to the court and had the decision overturned, supposedly the only time that Landis ever had a ruling reversed. The 1924 season was also noteworthy in that future Hall of Fame person Mickey Cochrane played on the team.