The 2016 BAVBB champion San Francisco Pacifics
Top row: Curtis "Gent" Seymour, Scott "Friendly Fire" Enberg, Eric "Jumbo" Petitt, Will "Cleveland" Hartmann, Lester "Shoestring" Lee, Aaron "Abicus" Gubin, Charles "Cha Cha" Ackerley, Matthew "Ranger" Petty. Bottom row: Jared "Needles" Van Der Beek, Brian "Bolt" Faudree, Captain Sage "Buttercup" Bray, Evan "Woodchuck" Meagher, Justin "Grinder" Teisl
The 2015 Pacifics
Captain Sage "Buttercup" Bray, Matthew "Ranger" Petty, Peter "Bones" McAfee, Terry "Doc" Renaud, Evan "Woodchuck" Meagher, Sean "Spikes" Lawrence, Curtis "Gent" Seymour, Justin "Grinder" Teisl, Brian "Bolt" Faudree, Lester "Shoestring" Lee, Eric "Jumbo" Petitt, Charles "Cha Cha" Ackerley
The San Francisco Pacifics Circa 1869
In 1869, The Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first professional baseball team, took the train west to face the Pacifics, and other local squads. Despite the talent of the renowned Shepard brothers, the Pacifics were no match for the paid ball players, falling 66-4 (or perhaps 54-5) in the contest. However, the seeds for professional base ball were firmly planted in the Bay Area and the sport eventually grew.
It is no accident that one of the first teams formed in the Bay Area Vintage Base Ball league was named the San Francisco Pacifics. That name originally belonged to one of the most dominant baseball teams in the area, which played from the late 1860s through the 1890s. For their home field, they used the Recreation Grounds, San Francisco's first professional baseball stadium, which formerly stood at 25th and Folsom. It held only 12,000 spectators.
The San Francisco Pacifics team that you see playing in Golden Gate park today was founded in 2008. That year they won but a single game. However, steady, slow improvement allowed them to climb to league champions in 2014, their seventh season, and the Pacifics are now two-time holders of the Brass Crab, awarded annually to The City's finest team by record.
The Pacifics sport an iconic "SF" in black on jerseys of gray. Gray caps, white trousers and black-and-gray striped hose round out the uniform. Deserved or not, the Pacifics have received a fair amount of press for their fair but competitive play.