A Baseball Rivalry

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, July 9, 1913:  Not so very much doing today.

Source: Milton Evening Standard (June 26, 1913)

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Sounds like Grandma had another boring day on the farm.  Did she ever attend baseball games or other sporting events in the nearby towns?

A hundred years ago, the headlines of the local newspapers, The Milton Evening Standard, focused on the rivalry between two local baseball teams.


Three hundred persons witnessed the game between Front Street and Broadway last night, and all agreed that the exhibition was in many senses, marvelous beyond description.

Spectators gained from five to ten pounds each in laughing, and the players, besides paying about $10 for errors, lost twenty pounds apiece in perspiration and nervous tension. Front Street won the battle, but had the game continued indefinitely Broadway might have nosed out.


Barrett, champion strikeout artist, fooled the critics by plugging the ball no less than three times and he also crossed the plate twice.


F. Follmer’s ineffectual attempts to hit the ball featured the game. At one time he was given five strikes, but never managed to connect with the sphere. The Broadway crowd today assert, of course, that the umpire robbed them of the game, and are now busy inventing excuses to apply to their horrible exhibition. . .

Milton Evening Standard (June 26, 1913)


9 thoughts on “A Baseball Rivalry

  1. Fun post! “…had the game continued indefinitely…” Thanks for sharing, I so enjoy reading what the news writers have to say, and how they say it.

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