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AS A BALL TOWN
ALL IN A BALLOON
MANAGERS OF ROCK ISLAND PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL CLUBS
Rock Island Has Always Been
Among Best in Its
Rock Island Goes on Aerial Voy
age and Stays Up at
NEVER YET HAS FLUNKED
FINAL SCORE WAS 18 TO 0
Big League Stars and Magnates Oe
veloped Here Park Opening
Hedges Datted Hard jnd Many Crror
Made First Double Header '
T 1 1 r t , . r r -. i- Drt Tann J .3 -1 . -
THE TUESDAY, MAY 1G, 1005.
island City baseball park a realiza
tion of an improvement that was only
dreamed of when professional sport in
this line made its appearance to stay
in tins city 12 years ago.
It was that many years ago when
the first organization was formed in
this territory, the Western association
Hook Island joined and has since beeu
known as one of the best baseball cit
Jes or Its size in this section. Rock
Island never tired of baseball and had
to get out of the game to rest, but Is
always there with the boys wearing
the "It. I." when the season opens
r-wr patronage nas caused teams in
other cities to be disbanded, but in
Rock Island, never.
Two pennants were taken by the Isl
anders in the Western association, and
then when that organization was no
more, the baseball backers were in
strumental in the organization of the
Three-Eye league, which is now enter
ing iipon its firth season. M. H, Sex
ton of Rock Island was the rst'presi
.dent of this organization, and to hl3 ef
forts the league owes' much of it?
strength today. Retiring from the
head of the Three-Eye league last
year he remained as president of tlu
Western league, another office he filled
with cn-dif, until this year, when in re
tired from administration of the af
fairs of that organization. He has
also servt d on the board of arbitration
of the National Association of Profes
sional Baseball clubs.
Stmtr II Ir l.riKiie Mora.
Besides furnishing a competent oftl
cer to two leagues, Rock Island has
developed several of the major league
stars, among them being Harry Bay of J
Cleveland, Frank Dillon of Brooklyn.
Charles Case of Pittsburg, Charles
Dooin of Philadelphia. Hunter Hill of
Washington, besides developing such
players as Harry Sage in the olden
days together with Joe Cantillon of
FRANK DONNELLY. lto2 1903.
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DtibuQuo 7 2 .7?S
Peoria G 2 .7Tii
Hlooniinf.ton 5 5 .5,,
Davenport 4 4
Springfield 3 3 .f.Oo
Rock Island 3 4 .42H
Decatur : 3 5 .37f.
Cedar Rapids I G .14 J
Dubuque. 4; BKKwnlngtou, 2; first
Dubuque. 2: Bloomington. 0; second
Peoria. 18; Rock Island. 0.
Springfield, 4; Davenport. 0.
Cedar Rapids, 3; Decatur. 2.
Springfleld at Rock Island.
Davenport at Peoria.
Cedar Rapids at Bioomiugtou.
Decatur at Dubuque.
Teorla. 111.. May . 1C. Rock Island
was the victim of misfortune yester
day and received a bad beating. In
the first inning Manager McConnell
split his finger on a foul tip. and Eng.
the amateur, wus put in for his first
trial. Hedges" was w ild and Eng de
veloped a case of stage fright, throw
ing the ball into the outfield in an at
teiui; to catch meu on bases. The In
field then became confused and Peoria
scored at will.
Rock Island, on the other baud, could
do nothing with Eastman. Score:
PEORIA. R. H. PO. A.E.
Smith, ss- 1 0 1 1 t
McNaniara. rf I 1 i 0 d
Nicol, rf 3 3 G O 0
Elton, ll .3 3 5 0 0
Simon. C . . 2 3 9 1 0
Wilson. 2b 3 2 2 2
Jones. If 3 1 1 0 0
Olmsted, 3b 2 3 1 3 0
Presidents of Local Three-Eye Clubs
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J. F. MUNGER. .1901-1902.
H. E. CAST EEL. l.o:j.
M. H. SEXTON,
1!il4. and Present Exeutiv.
the Milwaukees. Belden Hill the Cedar
Rapids magnate and Patrick Lynch
the present Three-Eye league umpire.
The Rock Island Baseball associa
tion, which is headed by M. II. Sexton,
is composed of . stockholders who are
business and professional men who are
promoting the sport for the sake of
the sport and not as an investment.
They have been given liberal support
by the people of Rock Island, and the
the result is a new park, which will
be the scene of the first league game
at home this season.
In view of all that has been written
In the past it would be superfluous
to dwell extensively on the history of
baseball in Rock Island. As else
where the game has had its ups and
downs locally speaking. This has been
true from as far back as the days of
the Wapellos and Lively Turtles and
the Islanders through the semi-professional
days, when T. H. Thomas and
others were the moving spirits and
the years in the early 'S0s when
Charles McIIugh. John Ohlweiler and
others landed two pennants in the
Western association with ease, under
Harry Sage's guidance, down through
the history of the Three-Eye league.
The first park of any importance was
constructed out on the Tower line
uearer town than any since. Then
when Rock Island and Mollne went
together in te Western association,
the park knowa as Twinity park was
near Columbia park in the upper end.
When baseball was reestablished in
.1S9S. the Twelfth street park was laid
out and equipped and it remained the
center of baseball Interest until the
close of last season when the ground
having been sold the land for the pres
ent Island City park was secured and
one of the best baseball parks In the
country provided. Island City park.
Indeed which has heretofore been fully
described In The Argus, is the talk to
day of the Three-Eye league and many
other of the minor league organiza
tions of the country.
A boat the Thrrr-i:r.
The Three-Eye league, as is known,
was organized In 1S91. and this is con
sequently its fifth year successive sea
son. It is on a sound financial basis,
as it has been from the start, much of
the advantage it enjoys in this respect
being due to its first president, M. H.
Sexton of this city, who held the exec
utive chair until last year. Edward
Holland of Bloomington Is the present
president. The tuams tomMjsing the
league since its beginning are as fol
lows: 1901 Terre Haute (pennant win
ners), Evansviile. Hock Island. Rock
ford, IJJoomington. Decatur. Davenport
and Cedar Rapids.
1902 Rockford (pennant winntrs).
Rock Island. Hluomington. Decatur.
Terre Haute, Evansviile. Davenport
and Cedar Rapids.
1903 Bloomington (ptnnar.t win
ners). Rock Island. Rockford. Decatur.
Springfleld, Davenport. Cedar Rapids
1904 Springfield (pennant winners)
Rock Island. Bloomington. Dec.mir.
Rockford. Cedar Rapid?. Davenport
1905 Rock Island. Peoria. BIoo:::ir.g
toa. Decatur. Springfield. Davenport.
Dubuque, and Cedar Rapid-.
Carwr of Itarrr Saf.
As a matter of course any reference
to baseball history la Ruck Island
would be incomplete without some re
cital of the career on the diamond of
Harry' Sage. Beginning to play base
ball on the Rock Island commons he
early in life became an expert, play
ing originally on the infield, and devel
oping into a catcher with th? fctars
t ls2 and ls2; end in 184 when
Rock Island formed its league alli
ance team. Harry did most of the back
stop work. Thereafter his advance
ment in professional baseball was rap
id. Tho season of 1885 found him with
Pueblo. In 18SC he was with St. Paul:
in 1887-8S with Des Moines. In 1889
and 1890 ho was with Toledo, In 1831
with Davenport and Rochester. In
1893-94-95 he was manager of the vic
torious Rock Island teams in the Wes
tern league and did most of the
catching. Putty Zeis, another Rock Isl
and product doing the alternate work
behind the bat. In 189G he was wicn
the Denison. Tex., club, and 1897 98 99
he was at the managerial helm foi
Rock Island again. The first year o!
the Three-Eye league he was once
more called into the harness lo direct
the local team for a short time aftei
Harry Tate had been relieved.
. Sage still resides- in Rock Island
and is employed at Rock Island arsen
al. Although out of the game now. lit
made his mark as One of the best
catchers in the country, and added tc
that he was always reliable, faithful
and honest in his every relation to th
game and to those whose interests
were entrusted to his care and man
The Three-Eye- l. ague season of 1905
in Rook Inland opens tomorrow after
noon at 3:3u. The Senators from the
capital city will participate in the
proceedings, which is appropriate in
asmuch as the Islanders performed tffe
same part in Springfield when last year's
league season opened. Upon this oc
casion will be formally -dedicated the
new Island City . park, the improve
ments of which liberal donations have
been made by tho people interested in
keeping the sport alive In Rock Island
nnd having a suitable place in which
it may bo enjoyed.
It was a long time to wait for the
season to open at home, but the day
arrives tomorrow, and the boys will
take possession of their home grounds
Some Old Time Moving Spirits
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T. H. THOMAS.
with a fair record of playing away
from home. The game yesterday left
a dark brown taste in the mouth of
many a fan, but there is a day of re
demption and It can be overlooked if
the boys come home and get down to
business in the manner of which they
The two teams and a band will leave
Second avenue and Seventeenth street
at 1 o'clock on a trolley car and travel
over various Hne3 until 2:15, when
they will arrive at Fourth avenue and
ISLAND CITY BASEBALL PARK
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Twentieth street. From ther; a par
ade will iiart in which will be the
two teams the officers of the associa
tion and the band. The route will be
down Twentieth street to Second ave
uuo, west on Second avenue to Seven
teenth street, south on Seventeenl!?
street to Third avenue, where the cars
for the park will await tiienr.
At the park tho band will eecort the
players from the cars to the grounds
and give a concert until the tluio for
the opening of the game. Mayor Mc
Caskrln will make an . appropriate
speech and throw the first bail over
'I lie I Inrup.
The teams will linci up as follows:
Reek Island- Carlisle, cf: Ruby, If;
Walttrs. rf: Hwe t:cy. Llfei. lb:
V:'.i.din "b: Wanner. 2b; McConnell,
c; Hagt in. an, Wilson, LakafT or Lun
Springfield LIppert, If; 9jnneKy,
cf; Jacobs, 2b; Wiight, lb; Novacek,
rf; Gniebner, 3b; Seharn vebT. ss;
Ludwig, c; Iirittycn, Obcrlin or
Can Beat Any of Hit Weight.
"Karn: r" P.uiu of IJ g Rok. was a
visi or to l.avenport yr.-trd;y. Mr.
Burns stated that b- had 52.500 to
p'.ace against bin. self that li can de
'at any living wie.-,tli.r Lis own
"I Thar.k the Lord"
irled Hannah Plant, of Little Rock,
Ark., "for the relief I got from Buck
ten's Arnica Salve. It cured my fear
ful running sores, whieh nothing else
would heal, and from which I had suf
fered for five years." It is a marvel
ous healer for cuts, bums and wounds.
Guaranteed at Hartz & Ul!emcyer'
-Irug store: 25 cents.
When doctors fall, try Burdock Blood
Bitters. Cures dyspepsia, constipa
tion; Invigorates the whole system.
Eastman, p 0 1 10 0
Totals is 17 27 7 0
ROCK ISLAND. R. II. IV A. E.
Carlisle, cf 0 0 4 0 0
Ruby. If ; . 0 2 2 2 1
Walters, rf y 1 0 0 0
Sweeney, ss 0 0 0 2 2
Lister, lb 0 2 11 1 0
Vandine. 3b '. . 0 1 1 1 3
Wanner. 2b 0 0 3 3 2
Eng. c .0 1 3 1 2
McConnell. c 0 O 0 0 0
Hedges, p 0 0 0 0 0
Totals 0 7 24 10 10
Score by innings: '
Peoria G 2 2 2 0 1 4 1 18
Rock Island 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 00
Summary: Two base hits Nicol,
Simon. Vandine, Lister; struck out
By Eastman 5. by Hedges 1; umpire
Lynch; attendance Goo.
Ioull-!lra!rr at Illoomlagtoa.
Blo-jmlngton. III., May 1C. Dubuque
took both games the firtt being a gift
due to numerous errors and Inability
to bunch hits. The. becortd was won
on th grand pitching of Cook. He
was hit safely but one?. Score:
BLOOMINGTON. R. H. PO.A. E.
Godwin, cf l 2 3 I 0
Sass, rf 0 0 0 0 1
Herbert, 3b 0 0 2 1 0
Connors, if 0 1 0 0 0
Walters. 2L 1 2 2 4 I
Snyder, ks 2 4 4 2
Powell, lb 0 o 14 0 1
Douovan. c 0 0 2 3 1
Smith, p 0 0 0 C 1
Totals 2 7 27 19 7
DUBl'Ql'E. R. H. PO. A. E.
Davidson, If 0 0 2 0 0
Thiery, rf 0 0 1 0 0
liuelow, lb 0 11 1 0
Reai?au', cf 1 1 2 0 0
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