The Last Baseball Game at Sicks’ Stadium

Here is the full text of the Seattle Times’ coverage of the Seattle Rainiers’ final game at Sicks’, on Wednesday, September 1, 1976. Rather than use one of its reporters, the Times thought the United Press International wire story was sufficient:

George Meyring pitched a one-hitter as the Seattle Rainiers wound up their Northwest League baseball season with a 2-0 victory over Portland’s Mavericks last night at Sicks’ Stadium.

In other games, Walla Walla downed Eugene, 2-0, and Grays Harbor drubbed Boise, 12-4.

The Rainiers still have a slim mathematical chance to tie for the league’s North Division title. Seattle is 1 1/2 games behind leading Portland, which moves to Bellingham for its final three games.

The Rainiers scored one run in the fourth inning on a squeeze bunt by Ken Peters. They scored their final run in the seventh when Doug Peterson singled home Rob Craft.

In the picture below, the wire story is up at the top middle of the page, obscured by the days’ results at the Longacres race track:

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  1. I was there. The announced attendance was listed at just over 1,000 but I’m not sure there were even that many. I’ve still got an unused box seat ticket and a program with roster sheet. Considering how packed the place was when it first opened, it was sad to see it end this way.

    The outfield bleachers erected for the Pilots had been taken out a couple years earlier (it looked like a bunch of headstones where they used to be) and the bleachers in left field foul territory were gone by this time. When Sicks was demolished, the remaining right field bleachers, foul poles and outfield fences went to WSU’s Bailey Field (where the bleachers didn’t fit and were resold) while the scoreboard and light towers ended up at Nat Bailey Stadium in Vancouver after being sold to Canadians owner Harry Ornest for $60K.

    Great work by Meyring, BTW, a big guy out of Edmonds who’d had control problems both years he pitched for the Rainiers (127 walks and 27 wild pitches over 139 innings) but had been pulling it together down the stretch in ’76. Portland always had good offensive teams in the NWL than ran you to death on the basepaths once they got on, but George shut them down in this one.

  2. I was a ball boy for that team. A friend worked concessions there at Sicks Stadium and introduced me to Art Petersen who ran the team. He put me to work cleaning the stadium the day after each game and a couple weeks later gave me a ball boy spot. This was such a great summer for me. I got a hit off of Bob Feller there when he made an appearance, got to work the scoreboard with a couple players when the scoreboard attendant disappeared mid game (where I also took my first puff of pot) and was a part of a professional team. What a thrill.
    I also remember finding boxes and boxes of Pilots stationary and envelopes which are selling for $30 a shot on the Ebay. Why I didn’t grab them I will never know.

  3. For anyone who might be interested: Bruce has put together a paperback book chronicling the Seattle Rainiers, and you can write him, or I can put you in touch with him, if you’d like a copy.


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