The Williamsburg Journal-Tribune
Williamsburg, Iowa Co, Iowa
Thursday, 18 August 1904
Contributed by Kathleen Jones & transcribed by Stephen D.
Williams, March 2006
A GREAT BALL GAME.
The South and West Sides Lam-
bast the East and North
Sides in a One Sided
The ball game on Friday between the ex-players of the south and west sides
vs the north and east sides brought out a fair sized crowd and furnished fun for
over an hour to all who groaned with laughter at the attempts and no attempts of
the players. The day was scorchingly hot and the boys sweat and fumed like Senegambians
in close proximity to an election booth. The south and west siders had for their
battery Os. Jones who pitched the game and Arthur Williams who wore the mit and
mask. And a strong pair they made, too strong for the other fellows who were represented
by Bruce Hakes, pitcher, and T. J. Perry acted as catcher. "Lish" Schooley
was the umpire and when he ordered the game to start he smiled at the motely crowd
of players who took their places on the diamond. They looked like the proverbial
"awkward squad" or a contingent of Coxey's army. There was Tom Perry dressed
in a clown's suit so loud that the field of corn adjoining the ground was nearly
shocked by his presence. Then Frank Tomasek, decked in a gorgeous suit with a horse
bonnet on his head looked like the long eared character in "A Midsummer Night's
Dream." Harry Hull ambled around wearing mis-mated stockings as did Bruce Hakes.
The other players presented a fairly respectable appearance. The toss-up for position
gave the bat to the east siders who were led by Harry Hull. Tom Perry went to the
bat and failing to connect with the curves of Os. Jones was struck out. Harry Hull
hit the sphere a feeble stroke but was dumped out on first by the clever work of
Henry Hughes. W. T. Evans was the next man at the bat but as he persisted in swinging
his club about two minutes after the ball had passed, he was soon out and with him
went the side.
The second half of the first inning showed at once that Hakes and Perry were
"easy"; the boys caught their balls full and fair and sent them whirling
through space at a lively
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not get to first. Fran. Jones started all right but Bruce Hakes left him stranded
between third and home[.] Emil Kolbe took the stick and swung it after the fashion
of the arm of a Dutch wind-mill in a lazy breeze--and the side went out. The south
siders by this time were cheered up and when Leastrie [Least***] took the bat he
caught the ball fairly and made second on his strike, and, while Perry was groping
for the ball, he came safely to the home plate, thus making the first score in the
game. Os. Jones soon tallied another and then Henry Hughes caught an easy one from
Hakes and sent it far beyond the farthest fielder's reach; Henry then began a round
of the bases, he showed the crowd that be had a light heel and knew how to use it
to good advantage; his boldness soon led him to where he furnished the most sensational
play of the game: caught between third and home, he nimbly worked back and forth
between two fires and finally landed on the home plate in a fog of dust developed
by his "side"[sic]. By this time Frisbe was halted on third and this gave
the bat to the east siders.
The remaining portion of the game was a repitition of what has already been
told. The south siders run in score after score, they galled each other's kibes
in making the home runs. They fanned out their enemy at every turn or caught them
while stealing bases. In the despair which settled on the east siders they determined
to try a new pitcher and Emil Kolbe was pressed into service; he was deliriously
wild and nearly every man was given his base on balls. The score ran up to nineteen
for the south side and two for the east siders when the game was declared off at
the end of the fifth inning.
THOSE WHO DISTINGUISHED THEMSELVES.
In and around the game there were those who won the distinction in one way
or another and a summary of the situation gives as a result the following:
1st Assistants to the Umpire:--H. E. Hull, B. E. Hakes and Emil Kilbe.
2nd Assistants to the Umpire:--John Evans, Walter Evans and F. W. Tomasek.
Water Carriers:--Joel Miller, Harve Manor and Joe Conway.
The T*ll*rs:--Frank Williams, Carl
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