If you didn’t know better, you wouldn’t believe it all happened in the space of about five weeks in the summer of 1978. But it did happen. In those five weeks, Bill Murray played professional baseball and established himself as a bona fide movie star and the Grays Harbor Loggers – representing the twin cities of Aberdeen and Hoquiam, Washington – posted the best winning percentage in America and won the Harbor’s only professional sports championship in living memory.None of it would have happened without artist, film producer, and baseball impresario Evander “Van” Schley.VAN SCHLEY: Before baseball, I was involved in art. I was supposed to have an exhibit in Houston, but there was a flood and it was canceled. So I figured the gods are telling me I should be doing something else. I was at a hamburger joint, reading a Sports Illustrated story about the Gulf States League, and started calling the National Association office once a week. Finally someone there said, “If you’re so interested, why don’t you get a team?” The Gulf States League went belly-up after the ’76 season, but was essentially replaced by the Lone Star League, and in ’77 Schley owned the new… Read full this story
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