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Look Back: Baseball season a big deal

The 1915 Kanawha baseball team. From left, front: Statten Baker, Carl Neal and Fred Caplinger. Middle: Jim Jackson, George Neal, Milt Baker, Roy Caplinger, ——————————. Back: Floyd Taylor, Orville Fury, Johnny Jackson, Ira Baker, Delbert Fury and Pearl Burgy. If the names listed above are incorrect, please contact Bob Enoch. (Photo Provided)

Kanawha League to Open Sunday

Arrangements are completed for the opening of the Kanawha Valley Amateur Baseball League Sunday afternoon. The Red Sox will go to Kanawha on the 3:40 train in the afternoon for the opening game away from home, and Nicolette will come in for the opening game with the East End Grays on Cornstalk Hill. [Note: Cornstalk Hill was in the area between what is now 15th and 17th streets and Liberty and Plum streets.]

The grounds at Kanawha and on the hill have been worked up during the past several days and are in first class shape for some fast baseball. The players are in condition to display a good article of ball, having practiced for the past three weeks.

A meeting of the commission of the league was held at the Red Sox headquarters Friday night, at which some routine business was transacted, and the players were approved to play Sunday, according to lists submitted by the managers. The commission decided to play two postponed games of last Sunday on May 21.

A letter was received from the baseball manager of Morris-Harvey College at Barboursville, asking for a game. The commission instructed the secretary to reply to the letter and advise that no outside games will be played during the schedule of the league.

The Red Sox will be accompanied by a large delegation from this section on the trip to Kanawha. Better accommodations have been arranged to cross the river at Kanawha, which will offer better inducements for local fans to attend the games there. [Note: The games at Kanawha were actually played across the Little Kanawha River from Kanawha Station.]

A large crowd is also expected on the hill to witness the game between the champions and Grays.

The lineups will be selected and announced immediately before the games from the following:

* Red Sox — Townsend and Judson, catchers; Eaton and Exline, pitchers; Adams, ss; Collett, 1b; Arendt, 2b; Captain Givens, 3b; Goreman, lf; Hoblitzell, rf; Anthony, cf, and Holt Drake, utility outfielder.

* Kanawha — George Neal, R. Caplinger, M. Baker, Pearl Burgy, F.C. Taylor, F.C. Peppers, Fred Caplinger, D. Williams, H.G. Peppers, W.A. Fought, W. Griffin, Wright and Robert Bennett.

* Nicolette — Lyn, Robert and Dan Cook, G. Winland, Nicely, E. Winland, E. Thorn, Butcher, W.E. Bee, H. Thorn, Smith, Pete Baker, Ed Lutz and R. Shaffer.

The game on the hill will start at 2:30 and Umpire Cochran will officiate. Umpire Jackson will officiate at Kanawha.

The Parkersburg Sentinel

April 15, 1916

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Baseball Season Opened Sunday

The baseball season in this section opened Sunday afternoon by the Kanawha Valley Amateur Baseball League. The Grays won from Nicolette, the latter the champions, by the score of 9 to 8.

The Red Sox had everything their own way during the greater part of the game with Kanawha at the latter’s grounds. A large crowd of rooters accompanied the local boys and they were given the glad hand of Kanawha. The game ended 10 to 3 in favor of the Red Sox.

Excerpt from The Parkersburg Sentinel

April 17, 1916

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Bob Enoch is president of the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society. If you have comments or questions about Look Back items, please contact him at: roberteenoch@gmail.com, or by mail at WCHPS, PO Box 565, Parkersburg, WV 26102.

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