McLaughlins, von Coellns & Extended Family
Soon after Wrigley bought Catalina Island, he moved the Spring Training site of his professional ballclub to Catalina in 1921. The team arrived in mid February each year amid great fanfare by the islanders and left in mid-March. Ronald "Dutch" Reagan was there in 1936 and 1937 as a radio announcer but went on to movies the next year. The team continued to have Spring Training on Catalina until 1951 (except 1943-45 during war when island taken over by the military). Below are pictures from the team's arrival in 1939.
|Februrary 22, 1939: The Cubbies arrive on the steamer! From left to right: Hall of Fame Catcher Gabby Hartnett, W.L. White (mayor of Avalon), E.R. Pollok (city manager), and Dizzy Dean|
This picture is of the Cubbies playing in the stadium on Catalina during Spring Training. See more Cubbies pictures at ecatalina.com
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