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The Williamsburg Journal-Tribune
Williamsburg, Iowa Co, Iowa
Thursday, 18 August 1904

Contributed by Kathleen Jones & transcribed by Stephen D. Williams, March 2006

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.
  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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