Monday, August 13, 2012

On This Date: Scattered Play Locally

August 13, 1897 - The Moorhead Independent reported in their Sunday weekly that, with the Red River Valley League now disbanded, six Barmaids had gone to play for a team in Perham, MN. Pitcher Bob Brush went to Winona to play for their local team, and several other Moorhead players were reported to have gone home for the summer.

On August 13, Moorhead ace Pike Mullaney pitched for Staples, MN against Wadena, MN, who put Fargo's Oscar Peterson on the mound. Mirroring the RRVL season, Mullaney's team bested Peterson's, as Staples won 4-0. Amateur games featuring town teams would fill the next few weeks in the Red River Valley, so hungry baseball fans weren't completely cut off. Also, a benefit game in appreciation of Fargo's Manager George Challis was scheduled, with local doctors slugging it out against the town's lawyers. But with a sparse schedule filled with exhibition games such as these, there is no doubt local "cranks" still lamented the loss of professional baseball that resulted from the RRVL's demise.

August 13, 1897 Moorhead Independent "Disbanded" Front page
August 14, 1897 Fargo Forum and Daily Republican p.5

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