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Hollywood Stars Baseball Team & Gilmore Field

Hollywood Gets Its Own Baseball Team

In 1938, Robert Cobb and Victor Ford Collins engineered the acquisition of the San Francisco Mission Baseball Team, formerly the Vernon Tigers, from the Fleishhacker interest of San Francisco. Upon moving to Los Angeles, the clubs name was changed to the Hollywood Stars Baseball Team. From that point on, the club became an integral part in the success of the Pacific Coast league.

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During their first year in Los Angeles, the stars played in Wrigley Field. The next year they moved to Gilmore Field, which was next to the Gilmore Stadium at Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue. The new stadium was built for them by A. F. Gilmour Company which also owned Gilmore Oil, just south of Hollywood. Gilmore Field and Gilmore Stadium photos are available on hollywoodphotographs.com.

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In 1949 Fred Haney took over the managerial reins of the club and harvested two pennants, one second and one third in four years. Bobby Bragg and followed Haney, and guided the stars to another pennant, a second and a third place. In 1956 the stars, under the management of Clay Hopper, ended in fourth place, and in 1957, Clyde King steered the club to third place in the pennant race.

Celebrity Owners

The club's ownership list read like a Hollywood who's who. Bob Cobb accumulated a prestigious group of owners, which included such notables as George and Grace Burns, Gary Cooper, Cecil B. DeMille, Walt Disney, William Frawley, George Stevens, and Bing Crosby.

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The acquisition of the Brooklyn Dodgers by Los Angeles meant the ruin of the Pacific Coast League. After 20 years in the Pacific Coast league, the Hollywood stars played their last game on September 5, 1957, in front of 6354 spectators.  Bob Cobb and his fellow club stockholders sold the franchise for an estimated $175,000 to a Salt Lake City syndicate. The stadium, which was constructed primarily of wood, was finally torn down in the 1950s to make way for CBS television city.

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Many Hollywood Stars Baseball Team photos are on the hollywoodphotographs.com website. Other subjects on the website include photos of the Chinese Theater, the Hollywood Sign and Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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