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-CHAMPION BASEBALL TEAM OF FAR NORTH USES A PIECE Oc
THE OCEAN FOR DIAMOND
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Upper picture shows the baseball diamond at Kitchikan, Alaska,
when the tide is out, while below the field is shown with the tide in.
Ketchikan, Alaska. This city
boasts the most unique baseball dia
mond in the world. The team that
owns it, or rather that has com
mandeered it, has the appropriate
name of "Amphibians."
It is a wonderfully fast diamond
sometimes. At otfier times it is hid
den beneath a frothy covering of tiny
breakers for the Ketchikan ball
park is a part of the beach.
At Ketchigan the hills snoop right
down to the seashore so that on dry
land there is no flat space big enough
for baseball, and therefore it has been
necessary to commandeer a chunk of
Neptune's domain and dedicate it to
the national- pastime
At low tide the water runs far out
at Ketchikan and leaves a broad ex
panse of shimmering, level sand.
Here the Amphibians have establish
ed their diamond.
The bleachers are the open beach
and the grandstand is the back stoops
of some of the residences of the city,
which are built on piles almost over
The inland mining camps send
baseball teams to do battle with the
Amphibians, who, so far, have always
won. This they attribute to their
skill, but their opponents say it is be
cause they always play barefoot and
have become thoroughly accustomed
$o turning qnjJhe sancL.