Ernie and his Oregon Beavers led by coach Tommy Prothro went to the Rose Bowl in 1956. Ernie later was a coach for The New York Jets and The 49ers. He lived in Beaverton at the time of his passing. Terrific guy. R.I.P Ernie.
Photo #1 features my cousin Morris Rogoway kidding around with Rocky Benevento with watches from his store so he wouldn't be late for the 56 World Series. The fans adored this head groundskeeper so much they raised the money for him to attend. Kids would wait in line for Rocky's autograph before the Portland Beaver Baseball games. Morris was a shareholder in the team and official jeweler. Rocky started on Vaughn Street in 1927 and retired in 1966 at Multnomah Stadium. He passed away a couple years later. A bigger than live personality in Stumptown.
Fans line up to buy their tickets for the 1947 home opener at Vaughn Street. This crowd of 14,854 was the largest for any Pacific Coast League game. Beavers attendance for the season was 421,137. Thanks to the book "The Portland Beavers" By Kip Carlson and Paul Anderson available at Powell's and Barnes & Noble.
So many great Wrestlers got their start thanks to Don. The list includes, Stan Stasiak, Dizzy Hogan, Curt Henning, Mad Dog Vachon, Jesse Ventura, Roddy Piper, Billy Jack Haynes, Shag Thomas, Dutch Savage, Lonnie Mayne, Tough Tony Borne,Jimmy Snuka and more.
In 1978, the PCL named the Portland Beavers an expansion team. Once again affiliated with the Cleveland Indians and playing in Civic Stadium, the Beavers had a new owner, Leo Ornest. Dave Hersh purchased the team in 1979, affiliated it with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and offered give-aways and entertainment to attract fans. Local businessmen Ron Tonkin and Doug Goodman became major stockholders after the 1979 season, and Civic Stadium was renovated in 1982 with public money.