Humboldt Crabs

1945: The formation of the Humboldt Crabs signaled the start of one of the most famous baseball programs on the West Coast, if not the entire nation. The nucleus of this team had played for various teams in the Humboldt County League and in 1942 played for Eureka Tallow Co. (ETC) and in 1943 for Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI). The rest is the well documented story of the longest running semi-pro team in history. Read more...

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Title: Sixty years 1945-2000
Area: Humboldt (Eureka/Arcata)
Year: 1945
Team: Humboldt Crabs

Description: Paladini Humboldt Crabs (in Eureka Tallow Co. uniforms)
This was the original Crabs team.

This picture may have been taken late in the season as Red Hunt, who graduated from Eureka High School in 1945, did not join the club until later in the season. They are not wearing "Crabs" uniforms but instead uniforms from their previous teams, mostly Eureka Tallow Co. and Chicago Bridge & Iron

Back row (left to right): Rich Saukko, Charlie Timmons, Bruce Johnson, Lou Bonomini, Mingo Bianchi, Reco Pastori

Front row (left to right): Rudy Tomich, Red Hunt, Erwin "Bunny" Hadley, Joe Tomich

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