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Wittenberg Grays Baseball Team at Eagle River

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Outdoor portrait of the Wittenberg Grays baseball team, presumably taken at a baseball field. Front row is seated on a makeshift bench. Melvin Schlytter (catcher) is front row, far right; J. Will Gates is back row, second from left. Back row center, wearing the White Sox jersey, is probably George "Buck" Weaver, former Chicago White Sox third baseman who was banned from professional baseball in connection with the 1919 Black Sox scandal.


Image ID: 29515

Creation Date: 1922-09-03 ca.

Creator Name: Unknown

City: Eagle River

County: Vilas

State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: Classified File

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: negative, b/w copy

Original Format Number: (X3)29693

Original Dimensions: 4 x 5 inches


According to the Wittenberg Enterprise of Sept. 7, 1922, the Wittenberg Grays had traveled to Eagle River, Wis. the previous Sunday, losing to the local team 6 to 4. The paper reported that "'Buck' Weaver, the world-famous former White Sox third baseman, was in the Eagle River line-up. ... Weaver was the main hitter for the River team, getting three hits out of four times to bat. He also played a star game at his position at third base." On Sept. 14, 1922, the Enterprise quoted the Vilas County News, "Buck Weaver held down third, but kept within bounds by leaving out his talky-talk which won him friends in this little old burg."



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