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BEFORE THEY WERE STARS

Before they were major-league stars, they dominated in the minor leagues. Last week, the legendary Pacific Coast League named its Centennial Team for the seasons 1958-present. Tommy Lasorda was named manager of the team for going 326-257 from 1969-72 with Spokane and Albuquerque and wining two PCL championships. Check out the list, which includes All-Star players at any level:

POS PLAYER TEAM (Years) AVG. HR RBI SB

C Mike Piazza Albuquerque (1992-94) .341 16 69 1

1B Willie McCovey Phoenix/Tacoma (1958-60) .337 46 197 5

2B Mike Schmidt Eugene (1972) .291 26 91 6

SS Larry Bowa Eugene (1966, '69) .287 1 26 48

3B Steve Garvey Spokane (1970) .319 15 87 13

OF Jack Clark Phoenix (1976) .323 17 86 16

OF Davey Lopes+ Spokane/Albuquerque (1971-72).301 23 127 97

OF Lou Piniella Portland (1966-68) .303 28 170 8

OF Mickey Rivers Salt Lake City (1971-73) .332 22 134 74

PITCHERS TEAM (Years) W-L ERA Saves

Charlie Hough Spokane/Albuquerque (1970-72) 36-21 2.70 44

Gaylord Perry Tacoma (1960-63) 27-17 2.50 0

Luis Tiant Portland (1964, 1981) 28-8 2.96 0

Wilbur Wood Seattle (1963-64) 20-10 2.03 0

+ also played for Tucson in 1987

_ Compiled by Tom Jones.

Lou Piniella, left, and Steve Garvey, two of the most successful players to come out of Tampa, starred in the Pacific Coast League before becoming All-Stars in the major leagues.

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