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April 2015 - Baseball Opening Day

In 2014, the Seahawks became the latest local sports team to have a parade in their honor after winning a championship. Comptroller File 99481 gives us a glimpse of a similar event almost 90 years earlier, at the opening of the season following a year in which the Seattle Indians baseball team had won the Pacific Coast League pennant.

The president of the team issued the following invitation to the Seattle City Council in April of 1925:

We herewith extend to you a cordial invitation to attend and take part in the opening day ceremonies, attendant on the reception of the victorious Seattle Baseball Club.

We feel sure that you are deeply interested in the success of our civic institutions, baseball being our national sport, we are arranging a “Welcome Home” for our CHAMPIONS.

A big parade is being organized, and we ask you to lend your presence in the parade and at the park. The parade will start at 12:45 and we will be pleased to have automobiles at your disposal, the machines to be stationed at the fourth avenue entrance at 12:15, Wednesday April 22nd.

Seattle comes under the head of Double “A” classification in baseball, second only to major league clubs. We are the champion city of the Pacific coast, not only in baseball but in spirit and we are striving hard for a record breaking attendance so that we can flash to all the world that Seattle is the greatest minor league baseball town in the U.S.

Thanking you kindly and assuring you of our highest regards, we are

Faithfully yours,
Chas. L. Lockard
President, S.B.B.C.