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Anchor Steam Baseball Sign (Tacker)-Bodie

Anchor Steam Baseball Sign (Tacker)-Bodie

San Francisco Seals star "Ping" Bodie. Anchor Steam Baseball old-fashioned embossed metal tacker. 12" x16.5". Holes for wall-mounting.

On March 26, 1903—seven years after Anchor Brewing began making beer on San Francisco’s Russian Hill—the team that would become known as the San Francisco Seals played its first Pacific Coast League game. Paid attendance at Recreation Park, south of Market Street, was 5,235. Ladies were admitted free. San Francisco defeated Portland 7–3, in a 90-minute, 9-inning contest. Six years later, the Seals won their first pennant, with a 132–80 record. By that time, Anchor had moved south of Market, near where it continues to brew San Francisco’s original Anchor Steam® Beer today.

Many of the Seals players were immortalized on baseball cards such as the one reproduced here, from an original 1910 “Obak” card in the Anchor Brewing Collection. Frank Stephen “Ping” Bodie was born Francesco Stephano Pezzolo in San Francisco in 1887. The nickname “Ping” came from the sound of a Bodie hit; the surname “Bodie” came from the California gold rush town of Bodie—now a ghost town—where his father worked the mines. After leading the PCL with 30 homers in 1910—a phenomenal achievement in the dead-ball era—Ping went on to play for the White Sox, the Athletics, and Babe Ruth’s Yankees.