PCL Dreams

November 20, 1953 – Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick states his belief that the Pacific Coast League will eventually reach major league status. The PCL is the only minor league in history to be given the “Open” classification, considered a step above the AAA level, that limited the rights of big league clubs to draft players from it teams, and is perceived as a precursor to the the circuit becoming a third major league. As a backup plan for their negotations with New York officials for a new ballpark, the Brooklyn Dodgers in February 1957 will acquire the “territorial rights” to the Southern California market from Chicago Cubs owner Phil Wrigley, who also owns the PCL Los Angeles Angels. The Dodgers moved to Los Angeles prior to the 1958 season.

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