Bipartisan Baseball

Those of us who are old enough will remember the days when political foes were able to work together, at least on occasion, to accomplish things for the common good.  For those who only know today’s petty, self-serving political world, we offer the following proof that Democrats and Republicans can do *something* together.  Even then, the political fellows decided to leave the experts out of the conversation, both sides took credit for the win, and the combination led to someone getting hurt.  From the July 21, 1899 Skidmore Standard:

A Hot Day and a Hot Game.
Democrats vs. Republicans in a Game of Ball.

Two picked nines, chosen from among the business men on account of their political faith, played a game of base ball, Tuesday afternoon, which was full of interest and amusing in the extreme up to the first half of the fifth inning when a serious accident unfortunately occurred which called a sudden halt to the game.

J. D. Montgomery and R. A. Walker are individually responsible for the game because it was during a conversation which they had, Monday, that the idea originated.  It was at first proposed to play the democrats against the republicans; then it was decided to exclude all who are in the habit of engaging in the game.

Skidmore men, as a rule, possess a plenty of nerve and so when the call was made, they marched boldly out into the broiling heat rays shed by a merciless sun, rolled up their pant legs at the bottom and went into the game with a gusto that would have done credit to a professional.  I. N. Sewell, who used to put them all to guessing in his base ball days, tied down his glass arm and pitched for the republicans three innings.  He was easy and the dems. pounded him all over the field at their pleasure.  Curtis Burnam was then put into the box, but he, too, was a soft snap for the democrats who continued to pile up the runs amazingly fast.

E. A. Miller twirled for the dems.  Aside from giving several bases on balls, he pitched a great game.  His curves completely mystified the reps. and held them down to only two or three good hits.  A. L. Dodds pitched one inning for the dems. but his arm was no good and he was batted hard.  It was in this, the 5, inning, first half, that the game suddenly ended – with the reps. at the bat and one man out – on account of an accident.  C. E. Painter made a run from third and collided with Will McDowell, catcher, in the act of fielding a ball at the home plate.  McDowell was thrown to the ground and sustained a broken leg.

The score stood 21 to 16 in favor of the democrats.  The republicans claim that they might have won the game because they were at the bat with only one out; but the democrats assert that the correct way to count the score woudl be to take it at the end of the fourth inning which was 21 to 9 in their favor.

Good ball was played and the good humored pleasantry which was constantly hurled from one side to the other made the game very amusing.

Fred Shell umpired the game and Freddie Kellogg kept the score.

Democrats – A. E. Miller, Geo. Manchester, A. L. Dodds, Jack Keenan, J. H. Grigsby, F. N. Campbell, Bud Boman, G. S. Burris, A. C. Dodds.

Republicans – C. E. Painter, I. N. Sewell, Curtis Burnam, A. F. Hitchcock, Chas. Beverlin, R. A. Walker, H. W. Hatfield, W. H. Hill, T. L. Howden, James Parrish.

Broke His Leg Playing Ball
Tuesday afternoon in the game of ball, Will McDowell, who was catching for the democrats, was knocked down by a base runner and his left leg was broken.  The break is about half way between the knee and ankle.  The victim of the accident was taken to the Windsor hotel and later in the evening moved to the rooms over Cook’s drug store where the injured member was cared for by doctors Shepard, Hutt and Pierpoint.

The following week, the paper reported:
An effort was made to get the democrats and republicans, who distinguished themselves in the game of base ball that was partly played last week, to go out and play another game to decide to whom the honors belong, last Tuesday afternoon, but it was no go. Old Sol was doing his duty manfully and the men did not show any inclination to go out and play ball under his beaming countenance.

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