Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Former Lakota Manager Ernie Kent Dies - 8/18/1912

Though not directly involved in the 1897 Red River Valley League, Ernie Kent was a prominent name in local baseball in the 1890s. The league and Kent's Lakota club crossed paths on July 13, 1897 when the Grand Forks Senators defeated Lakota 11-1 in an exhibition game. Kent also managed Fargo catcher Jack Ryan in 1897, for which he deserves our sympathy.

Grand Forks Herald, August 18, 1912

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Grand Forks Catcher William McNeil Dies at 66 - 4/5/1933

Though he played only briefly in the 1897 season after an injury to starting catcher Jake Bouchert, William McNeil was a well-known player and supporter of Grand Forks baseball in the 1890s.

Moorhead Daily News, April 5, 1933

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Former Fargo Pitcher Gus Munch Dies at Age 87 - 8/31/1963

See more about the baseball career of Gus Munch here. His career path was unlike any other player of the 1897 Red River Valley League.

Sporting News, August 31, 1963

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Former Moorhead Pitcher Ed Jess Dies at Age 62 - 12/10/1940

Ed Jess signed on with the Moorhead Barmaids late in the 1897 season. His play was highly regarded, especially after a strong 1896 season with the Crookston club. Jess was also rumored to be one of the men who was paid above the $40/month salary cap of the Red River Valley League. 

Milwaukee Journal, December 10, 1940, p. 41

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Senator Gordon Dies at Age 92 - 11/26/1954

Though he had been away from North Dakota for over a half century, former state senator and Grand Forks baseball manager William A. Gordon was buried in Grand Forks. Gordon was the namesake of the 1897 Grand Forks Senators baseball team of the Red River Valley League.

Grand Forks Herald, November 26, 1954

Monday, June 8, 2015

Jack Page, Shortstop and Captain of 1897 Moorhead Team Dies

Over the next few weeks, I will be posting obituaries of various players and managers involved in the 1897 Red River Valley League. This series began on May 31, with the obituary of Grand Forks pitcher Charlie Hutton.

The obituary from the Grand Forks Herald incorrectly states Jack Page played for the Fargo club in the 1897 RRVL. He was actually team captain of crosstown rival Moorhead.

Grand Forks Herald, December 3, 1918

Friday, June 5, 2015