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Odd Wisconsin Archive

Play Ball!


Major league baseball opens its 2005 season this week, which makes it a good time to look back on the sport's early years.

This article describes Baraboo's baseball club in 1867, one of many early amateur groups in small towns around the state after the Civil War. There were even Indian teams in Wisconsin, one of whose members invented the slider. You'll find more baseball history on our sports page at Turning Points in Wisconsin History, including more 1860s baseball games, a 1922 uniform, and the experience of an African American team that toured Wisconsin in 1923.


:: Posted in Curiosities on April 5, 2005
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