Written by Lefty O’Doul Chapter
Many O’Doul chapter members attended the annual Pacific Coast League player reunion at the Oakland Museum. A morning of visiting with fans, historians, family members and collectors and an opportunity to chat with former players, including Charlie Silvera, Duane Pillette, Bill Renna, Cuno Barragan, Bud Watkins, Don Ferrarese, Mel Nunes, Billy Raimondi , Don Kornahrens, Lil Arnerich, Ernie Broglio, Rugger Ardizoia, Jim Moran, Lloyd Hittle, Tom Munoz, Fred Besana, Don Trower, Pete Mesa, Mel Duezabou and Elmer Orella. After a lunch in the lovely gardens, the afternoon sessions included a presentation of the 2009 PCL Hall of Fame plaque to the family of the late Frank Demaree. A fine presentation on Demaree’s life was made by SABR member Tom Crisp, who has studied Demaree’s career more closely than anyone. Demaree’s family attended from Santa Clara and Yolo counties and were delighted that so many people had nice things to say about Demaree, who died more than 50 years ago. Following this presentation, the floor was opened up to take questions from the audience. Several players participated in this session, sharing some very personal and interesting stories.