Friday, January 27, 2012

Cliff Chambers 1922 - 2012

Cliff Chambers passed away last week, he was 90.

Aside from his 6 year Major League career from 1948-1953, and a no-hitter for the Pirates in 1951, he was originally signed by the Chicago Cubs in 1942 out of Washington State University.  The Cubs assigned him to their AA minor league affiliate Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League.

Chambers played for the PCL Angels in 1942 and then again in 1946 and 47.  The gap in years being because he enlisted in the military during WWII.  Returning to the Angels in 1946 Chambers went 18-15 with a 3.02 ERA and then 24-9 with a 3.40 ERA for the Angels in 1947.  In 1948 he finally got the call from the Cubs.

That 1947 PCL Angels team went 106-81winning their first league championship since 1934. The Angels and San Francisco finished tied, so there was a one-game playoff in Los Angeles that the Angels won 5-0.  They then went on to beat the Portland Beavers 4 games to 1 in the first round, and defeated the Oakland Oaks by the same margin for the Championship.

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