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Hollywood Stars Baseball Team Photos

The Hollywood Stars Baseball Team

The Hollywood Stars baseball team, which was a member of the Pacific Coast League from 1926 to 1935 and again from 1938 to 1957, was "a fun deal" that gave me "the best years of my life," according to Robert H. Cobb, its last president. The club was truly a civic venture which was both the pride and the pleasure of Hollywood's leading citizens.

Gilmore Field Photo

Hollywood’s First Baseball Team

Baseball first came to Hollywood, California, in 1926, when William H. Lane moved his Salt Lake City franchise to Los Angeles. Although his club played its home games in Wrigley Field, the recently-built home of the rival Los Angeles Angels, Lane called his team the Hollywood Stars.

Vintage Hollywood Stars Baseball Team Photos

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Hollywood Stars baseball team photo

Hollywood Stars Own the Hollywood Stars

In order to raise funds, the two men formed the Hollywood Baseball Association and sold small amounts of stock to numerous Hollywood civic leaders and movie stars.  The club's ownership list read like a Hollywood who's who. Bob Cobb accumulated a prestigious group of owners, which included some of Hollywood's most notable celebrities The movie personalities included Cecil B. DeMille (first chairman of the board of directors), William Frawley, Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Gail Patrick (Mrs. Cobb), Harry Warner, Bing Crosby, Gary Cooper, George Burns and Grace Allen, and Gene Autry. By selling stock to the movie stars, Collins and Cobb gained not only capital, but also the opportunity to promote their club as “the Hollywood Stars baseball team, owned by the Hollywood stars.” Advertisement of movie stars along with baseball Stars increased attendance for the Twinks (as sportswriters were fond of calling the team).

Notable Investors

The people who purchased stock in the ball club did so not as an investment, but as a hobby. They wanted to bring top baseball entertainment to themselves and their fellow citizens. The members of the board of directors, which met weekly at first and less frequently as the club became established, were unpaid. They met at the Brown Derby, on auto magnate Frank Muller's yacht, at the ballpark, or wherever seemed a pleasant place to enjoy themselves and talk about their new venture. Dick Hyland, a sportswriter for the Los Angeles Times, captured the attitude of the founders of the Hollywood Baseball Association when he wrote in 1940.

Photo of Gilmore Field

Gilmore Field Photos

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During the first year in Los Angeles, the stars play in Wrigley Field. The next year they moved to Gilmore field, next to Gilmore Stadium, and Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue, which was built for them by A.F. Gilmore.

Fred Haney

In 1949, Fred Haney took over the managerial reins of the club and harvested to pennants, one second and one third in four years. Bobby Bragan followed Haney, and guided the stars to another pennant.

Gilmore Field photo

Brooklyn Dodgers

In December of 1956, the Brooklyn Dodgers announced that they would move to Los Angeles after the 1957 season. Almost at once the Hollywood Stars were dead. They played one more season to a reasonably successful third-place finish, but then they were gone. As mentioned above, 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 soul lake city syndicate.

Brown Derby Restaurants

It should be noted that Bob Cobb was the owner of the Brown Derby restaurants. The Hollywood Brown Derby was opened on Valentine's Day 1929 at 1628 North Vine St. in the building is specially erected by Cecil B DeMille. Founded by Herbert K. Somborn, he hired Bob Cobb as combination steward, buyer, and occasional cook. After Somborn’s death in 1934, Cobb was made president and general manager. After a while there were five Brown Derby locations, including Beverly Hills and Los Feliz.

Bob Cobb continued to own and operate the Hollywood Brown Derby until his staff in 1970, at which time the restaurant passed to his lovely wife, Sally.

 

 

 

 

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