the variable fictionalization device (custardpringle) wrote in little_details,
the variable fictionalization device

California baseball fans pre-1958

Setting: San Francisco, 1957
Already googled: I can't figure out how to google this, honestly.

Hey, folks. I'm writing a story right now set in San Francisco in summer 1957, so in the interests of period detail I went to see what was going on in baseball then and discovered-- much to my disappointment-- that there were no major-league baseball teams in California then. 1957 was the last season before the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants moved to Los Angeles and San Francisco, respectively, and the San Diego Padres hadn't even been founded yet.

So, what teams were baseball fans in San Francisco talking about then? Would they have been paying attention to the Giants, since that was going to be their team next season? Was team loyalty purely a matter of taste? Or was there some other sport people on the West Coast favored more than baseball, since at the time major-league baseball was focused on the Midwest and the East Coast?

Thanks :D
Tags: 1950-1959, usa: california, ~sports (misc)

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