Francis Joseph “Lefty” O’Doul was born in San Francisco. O’Doul was 22 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 29, 1919, with the New York Yankees as a relief pitcher. After the 1923 season, he was returned to the Pacific Coast League, where he was converted to a power-hitting outfielder. O’Doul returned to the majors with the Giants in 1928, where he batted .319 as a platoon player. In 1929, he was traded to the Phillies and had one of the best offensive years in baseball history, leading the league in batting at .398 with 254 hits, 32 home runs, 122 runs batted in, and 152 runs scored.