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April 5, 2018

Pacific Pinball League Season 3 Finals – Luke Baxter takes the win!

March 29, 2018

After 10 weeks of qualifying, 22 players competed in the PPM League 3 Season Finals, and what a Final it was!

The format was 3 strikes (lose three matches and you’re out) and the lower seeded player got to choose the era (Modern, Solid State or Electro-Mechanical) and the higher seeded player got to choose the game.

The tilts were mean and the action was fast, but in the end, Luke Baxter, one of the strongest new talents in the Bay Area defeated Phil Hellsten in the 11th Round to take the tournament.

Thanks to the players for making this an awesome season, and thanks to the Pacific Pinball Museum for all their support.



PPM League Week 9 – Time Attack!

March 15, 2018

THIS WEEK at the Pacific Pinball League, 23 players competed in Time Attack! Ten high-speed rounds of pinball action on electro-mechanical, Solid State and Modern games. Dexter Dong emerged victorious with 8 wins to take over as the season points leader, while Leslie Ruckman was our top woman player and 2nd overall with 7 wins.

Sean Reynolds won the history trivia contest by identifying a game in the Museum that uses Harry Williams original Tilt mechanism design, the ‘stool pigeon’, citing Genco’s “Kings”(1935). He earns a T shirt.

David Lee wins the Yellow Headband for being the player with the highest winning percentage. Congrats!

There’s only one more week of qualifying and while it’s too late to qualify for Finals, you can try out the league to see if next season might be for you. $10 for non-members (members always free), Wednesday 3/21 at 7pm. More info and full results at:



The Yellow Headband

February 9, 2018


Awarded to the PPM’s hardest worker, Ryan O’Donnell earn the headband for the most points and highest winning percentage in the first three weeks of league competition.

PPM League Week 3

February 1, 2018



Terra Lightfoot – Pinball King

January 31, 2018

Playland at the Beach – 1972

January 26, 2018

I was at the Oakland Museum main library in the History Room and they had a newspaper article from Playland at the Beach’s last days.

Playland was a Santa Cruz style amusement park that shuttered in the 1970s.  The coast used to be dotted with these parks of this type.  In Alameda, there was [Neptune Beach](  In Oakland, there was [Idora Park](

[Playland not at the Beach]( is a Museum dedicated to Playland and old Amusement parks in general.  They have 30 pinball games, vintage arcade games going back to the 1940s, carnival games that earn tickets that can be redeemed for prizes, and lots of awesome memorabilia from the Park. Everything is on free play.  Also, Fun fact: Playland is where the Its-It ice cream sandwich originated.