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Anchor Steam Baseball Sign (Tacker)-Henley

Anchor Steam Baseball Sign (Tacker)-Henley

San Francisco Seals star "Cack" Henley. 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. Seals pitcher Clarence T. “Cack” Henley was born in Sacramento in 1885. On June 8, 1909, he hurled a 24-inning, 3˝ -hour shutout of the Oakland Oaks. His 31–10 record in 1909—an astounding .756 winning percentage—was key to the Seals Pacific Coast League championship that year. In 1910, he led the league in games pitched, complete games, and wins, finishing with a 34–19 record.