Hartlaub: A rare photo archive of the 1934 Mission Reds

From Peter Hartlaub at the San Francisco Chronicle on May 21, 2015:

Over the decade and a half I’ve worked at the San Francisco Chronicle, nothing in the city has been strip-mined of its coolness like the Mission District. If there’s something unique, interesting or delicious there, it’s systematically discovered, overexposed, deemed overrated and then put on a T-shirt.

But relatively little has been written about the absolute best thing in the history of the neighborhood. For a little over a decade in the 1920s and 1930s, the Mission District had its own Pacific Coast League baseball team. And the Chronicle has archive photos of the Mission Reds.

I suspect we once had a file containing team photos of the Mission Reds. That was likely discarded during a late 1930s mass tossing-of-records that we in the Chronicle archive refer to as “The Purge.” But while group photos were tossed, individual biographical photos remained. By searching for individual players, I was able to re-create much of the team.

Read the full article here: http://blog.sfgate.com/thebigevent/2015/05/21/introducing-your-1934-mission-reds-baseball-team/

Originally published: May 21, 2015. Last Updated: May 21, 2015.