Though the Swans were 1-0, they weren't unduly euphoric. Moscone is the league's other expansion franchise, another team that must still prove itself. A more realistic indication of what the season may hold in store for Campton Place came April 21, at the Children's Playground near Kezar Stadium. That was the day of its first practice game. The opponent was last year's Hotel League champion, the Mark Hopkins, and the final score was a sobering one. Despite a massive home run by Campton Place's Frank Paganini (an engineer on the job) and a spectacular catch in centerfield by room-service waiter Jeb Evans, the Swans were beaten 10-4. It could be a long season.
But, are the Swans down? Not at all. Feathers unruffled, they'll continue to go out there and let it rip for the old Pink and Gray. At least they can't lose as many games as, say, the Giants will this year; they're scheduled to play only 13. And, according to Wilkinson, the hotel is considering joining a local basketball league. Joe Barry Carroll's contract with the Golden State Warriors has just come up for renegotiation, and maybe he's a mean hand with an omelet pan...or a cocktail shaker.