The California League
By 1874, in California, San Diego teams were taking on Los Angles squads while the Pacifics contested the Brooklyn Eckfords and other touring eastern clubs. Initially, San Francisco dominated baseball in the West, but occasionally such stars as Rube Waddell would turn up with Southern California clubs.
Official league play opened in the late 1870s with numerous entities rising and falling through the decades, notable among them the California League of the 1880s and the Pacific Coast League, which finally incorporated in 1903. Anchored by Bay Area teams, the California League spawned new urban ballparks and produced the region's first collectible cards such as the one shown above of Jack Lawton, left fielder for the Haverlys.