Baseball Team Better Than Expected, 1909

Sporting news from the June 10, 1909 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1:

Base Ball.
The Skidmore and Burlington Junction base ball teams crossed bats Sunday in one of the best games ever witnessed upon the local diamond. Although Skidmore received the short end of a 4 to 3 score, the game was a surprise and a delight to the “fans” as this was the first time the Skidmore team had ever been together, and their playing was better than expected.

The game started in professional style, “Buck” Barrett being very effective against the Junction batsmen for five innings when he was relieved by “Scaldy” Ashbrook who finished the game in good style.
Burlington scored first in the second inning. Skidmore, not to be outdone, came back in the third with two and another in the fifth. Thus the game should have ended but two of the Skidmore infielders got nervous and tried to knock a hole in the clouds with the ball. This strong throwing ability allowed the visitors to secure three runs and the game.

Skidmore easily outplayed the visitors in every department of the game and should have won easily, but fate seemed to be against them and decreed that Skidmore’s only three errors should come at inopportune times and literally give the game away.

Take it all in all the “fans” have reason to be proud of the team and with a little shift in the line up and with the team work and inside base ball that will come with practice, captain “Scaldy” will have a team that will be hard to beat.

The feature of the game was a three base hit by Jack Moorehead.

Illustrated ad for Summer Sports shows men playing baseball and a woman playing tennis. Text of ad below.
From the June 10, 1909 Skidmore New Era (Skidmore, Missouri), page 1

Ad reads, “Summer Sports. American Base Ball Goods are the standard of quality, satisfaction guaranteed. We carry a large and complete line of base balls, catchers’ and fielders’ gloves, masks, etc. Lawn tennis goods – first quality, we make a specialty of outfitting tennis clubs. Don’t fail to visit our store. Skidmore Drug Company.”

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