Friday, March 20, 2020

Local Chicago Area Baseball Leagues and Parks in 1905.

It was thought by many of those close to the heart of baseball that at the close of the 1904 season, the game had reached a point from which improvement would be almost impossible and the growth if any, but small.

During the winter, however, various things happened both to baseball and other sports, the former showing that plans were being laid for more extensive campaigns by the managers, while in the latter, notably horse racing, a decided retrograde movement was seen and the first meeting of the Inter-City Association proved that baseball this year was to prove even better this year than last. Already last season's records for the number of games played on a single Sunday have been passed, although Spring has hardly arrived, while a gain has been made both in the number and the personnel of the players engaged in Saturday baseball in the ranks of the amateur leagues. 

Two distinct movements, out of the ordinary, are noticeable this year, the first being the number of new parks which are being fenced in at the desirable locations all over Chicago, nearly all of which are proving money makers right from the start, while the second movement is the rapid rise of many of the smaller baseball clubs into the semi-professional ranks. 

The first of these movements, that of the building of baseball parks, is directly traceable to the enormous success scored by West End Park, the grounds at Forty-eighth Avenue and West Madison Street, where the crowds went in droves almost on the opening day and have continued ever since. When Gunther Park was opened almost at the end of last year, at the corners of Ashland, Leland Avenues and North Clark Street, it capped the success of the West End Athletic Association, and the rival managers of the grounds have been in friendly argument ever since as to which is drawing the most people.

Other managers viewed with surprise the wonderful success of these two parks and it was not very long before reports began to flow in of other grounds being fenced in and grandstands going up. With careful management, there should be no reason why every one of these new parks should not pay handsomely on the investment and incidentally, the game benefited by their existence. 

As for the second state of things, the increase in the number of semi-professional teams, the term semi-professional being applied to those teams which play games for either a percentage of the receipts received from paid admissions or a stated guarantee for the appearance of the team, the growth was fully expected. The building of so many new parks, over a dozen first-class ones coming under this head, has taken that number of teams off the traveling circuit and increased the number of grounds by just that number. This created a condition where a traveling team had more chance of getting a good game than the home team had and the better of the amateur teams have moved up a notch in consequence and are now traveling the circuit. Two years ago there were less than a dozen teams of the class of Manager Ollinger's Aurora team, Manager Niesen's Gunthers, Manager Lynam's West Ends, or the traveling teams, such as the Spaldings, Athletics, Marquettes, South Chicagos, All Chicagos, and half a dozen others. This year fully twenty teams are capable of putting up a stiff argument with any of the teams named.

Chicago Area Baseball Parks:
  • Ashland Park at 35th Street and Ashland Avenue.
  • Auburn Park at 79th Street and Wentworth Avenue.
  • Gainer & Koehler Park at Southport Avenue and Marianna Street (Schubert Avenue today).
  • Grosse Clothiers' Park at Elston and Western Avenues.
  • Gunther Park at Clark Street, Leland and Ashland Avenues.
  • Hot Corn Park at 42nd Street and Milwaukee Avenue? 
  • Logan Square Ball Park (Cal's Ball Park) at Milwaukee and Diversey Avenues.
  • Metropolitan Park at 69th Street and Ashland Avenue.
  • Normal Athletic Association at 60th and Green Streets (Loomis Blvd., today).
  • Northwest Ball Park at Ogden and Central Avenues.
  • Washington Park at 69th and Halstead Streets.
  • West End Baseball Park at Madison and 48th Avenue, Hillside.
  • White Rock Park at Ogden Avenue and 14th Street (now a Union Pacific RR Yard).
Logan Square Ball Park (Cal's Ball Park) at Milwaukee and Diversey Avenues. (Owner: Jimmy “Nixey” Callahan)
Logan Square Ball Park (Cal's Ball Park) at Milwaukee and Diversey Avenues.
Local Chicagoland Amateur and Semi-Professional Leagues:
There were four categories of Leagues; A General League, Business League, Secret Societies League, and a Church League. 
  • American Association
  • Chicago Bankers' League
  • Bible Class League
  • Central League
  • City League
  • Commercial League
  • Episocal Athletic League
  • Grocers' League
  • Gunthers Beat Kankakee
  • Knights of Columbus League
  • Mercantile League
  • Northwest League
  • Packers' League
  • South Side League
  • Three I League
  • Western League
This is a complete list of the 300+ freelance Chicago area teams, not counting any of the clubs in the regular leagues which then makes over 600 in the Inter-City Association on June 1, 1905. This was the first time that any baseball organization in the country had ever published such a list:

All-Chicago
American Steel & Wire
Anderson & Lind
Anglo-American
Anheuser Busch
Apollo A. C.
Anson's Colts
Argos Club
Arlington Heights
Armitage Victors
Armour & Co.
Arrow A. C.
Athletics 
Athletics Baseball Team
1) Ball; 2) F.McGurn; 3) Geo. McGurn; 4) Koukalik; 5) Ryan; 6) Ginger; 7) Andrews; 8) Hughes; 9) Scanlan; 10) Parker; 11) Black
August Dombrows
Aurora
Austin A. C.
Austin B. B.
Austin Colts
Baer Bros. & Prodie
Beldens
Belmont Rockets
Belmonts
Benson & Rixon
Benson & Rixon's Greens
Berry Athletics
Berry Candy
Big Fours
Blaine A. C.
Bloomer Girls
Blue Island
Boehn Professionals
Boyce, The A. C.
Bryers
Buckeye Consolidated A. A.
Buena Parks
Buffalo A. C.
Bush Temple B. B.
C. N. W. & J.
Calumbia Giants
Calumet A. C.
Canton, ILL
Careys
Central A. C.
Central Park P. A.
Chandlers
Chicago & Alton
Chicago & Northwestern
Chicago Americans
Chicago Brights
Chicago Dents
Chicago Edgars
Chicago Firemen, № 45
Chicago Grays
Chicago Heights
Chicago Letter Carriers
Chicago Maroons
Chicago Pastimes
Chicago Reserves
Chicago Telephone
Chicago Union Giants
Choctaws
Ciaremont A. C.
Ciceros
Clarets
Clarions
Clinton, la.
Clybournes
Columbus Brew B. B.
Conkey, H. B.
Conways
Corpus Christi
Crown Brew. B. B.
Crystals
Cusons
Darnen Council
Dassler's
Delaware
Delmar P. Club.
DesPlaines Stars
Dexters
Dixons
Doda Reds
Douglass Parks
Earle Park
Eclipse
El Cathelos
Eleventh Presly
Elgin, Ill.
Elmhurst Reds
Elmore A. C.
Emer's Pets
Emmetts
Englewood Blues
Englewood Men's Club
Englewoods
Eureka A. C.
Farwells
Felix Colts
Felix. J. R.
Fortune Topaz
Fowler, Ind.
Frankels
Frankfort, Ill.
Franklins
Friend A. C.
Fuller & Fuller
Gainer & Koehler
Galesburg, Ill.
Gano Unions
Garfield A. C.
Gems
Glen Ellyn
Golden Rods
Gordon A. C.
Grand Crossing Tack Co.
Grosse Clothiers
Gulds, J. P.
Gunthers
Gunther Baseball Team
1) Keely; 2) Riley; 3) Ransome; 4) McGiblin; 5) Pedroes; 6) Lyons; 7) Zangerle; 8) Bergman; 9) Stellman; 10) LeJeune
Hamilton A. C.
Hamiltons
Hamler Boiler & Tank
Hammonds
Harrison A. C.
Hartfords
Havlins
Henn & Gabler
Highland Park Browns
Highland Park Crescents
Holy Cross A. C.
Home Clothing Co.
Hot Corns
Hot Shots
Humniell's Pride
Hyde Park A. C.
Illinois Glass
Illinois Steel Co.
Independents
Invincibles
Jefferson Grays
Joliet Standards
Jordons
Kalamazoo White Sox
Kankakee Browns
Kankakee, Jrs.
Kaspers, J. V.
Keeley Malts
Kenneys
Kenosha
Kenosha Central Parks
Kewanee, Ill.
Kid Hermans
Kiper, L., & Sons
La Salle Tigers
La Salle, Ill.
Lafayette Council
Lake View B. B.
Leland Giants
Leo XIII. Council
Libertys
Locusts
Log Cabins
Logan & Bryant
Logan Squares
Logos
Loudins
Lowell, Ind.
Lynchs
Lyon & Healey
Malt Marrows
Mandels
Maples
Maplewood B. B.
Marquettes
Marquettes Baseball Team
1) Holmes; 2) Katoll; 3) Knolls; 4) Conrad; 5) Wells; 6) Keary, Mgr; 7) Hughes; 8) Hayes; 9) Lange; 10) Ebert; 11) "Dot" Ebert, Mascot
Marquettes "Ligts"
McGurys
McHale's B. B.
Medora
Metropolitans
Midley Colts
Mobiles
Mohawks
Monitors
Monroe
Monroe A. C.
Mont Clare's
Morgan & Wright
Morgan A. C.
Morrill Park
Morris B. B.
Morton Grove
National Life B. B.
Neutrals
Newmans
Normals
North Ends of Blue Island
North Stars
Novelties
Oak A. C.
Oak Leas
Olivets
Olympics
Orientals
Our Flags
Owls, The
Park Manors
Park Ridge Reserves
Pauley's Colts
People's Gas Lights
Peter Hands
Ping Pongs
Pinzons
Portland B. B.
Postals
Princeton A. C.
Pullman Lakesides
Pullmans, The
Pyness A. C.
Ravens, The
Reagans
Red Sox
Reliance A. C.
Renns A. C.
Reynolds
Rheingolds
Rhodes A. C.
River Forest
Rogers Parks
Rookerys
Roseland Eclipse
Royal A. C.
Royal Arcanums
Royal Social A. C.
S & S
San Topels
Sanbergs, N. J.
Schloers
Schnindlers
Schoenhofens
Seneca A. C.
Settlement A. C.
Shamrock A. C.
Simmons Mfg. Co.
Sioux Valley A. C.
Skillers
So. Chicago O'Donnells
South Chicago
South End Imp. & A. C
Spalding's
Spaulding Baseball Team
1) Graber; 2) Fish; 3) Meier; 4) "Skel" Roach, Coach; 5) McKee; 7) Burton; 8) Welch, Mgr; 9) Vance; 10) Hill; 11) Cass, Mascot; 12) Cassiboine
Span A. C.
St. Clement B. B.
Standard Maroons
Stellars
Stem Clothiers
Stiles Club
Stoddard's
Stoney Islands
Streator Reds, Streator, Ill.
Stuckarts
Suburbans
Sullivans
Summerdale's
Superior B. B.
Swenson's Kids
Thistle A. C
Tioga
Tiowanda Club
Tornadoes
Tracey's
Tremont's
Troy A. C.
Union Leader A. C.
Unitys
Van Burens
Vordas, Pilsen's
Wabash
Wabash A. C.
Wanens
Washington A. C.
Waukegan, Ill.
Weber & Reinberg
Webers, B. F.
Webster Colts
Webster Playground
Wentworth Grays
West Chicago, Ill.
West Ends
West End Baseball Team
1) Kernan; 2) Armbruster; 3) Munch; 4) Fenton; 5) Gertenrich; 6) O'Grady; 7) Lynam, Mgr; 8) Hassett; 9) Hertel; 10) Martin, Mascot; 11) Murphy; 12) Hawkins
Wheaton, Ill.
White City A. C.
White Eagles
White Giants
White Rocks
White Sox
White Stars
Whites
Whitey Citys
Wieboldt's
Winchester A. C.
Winslows
Winston A. C.
Woodlawn Presley Team
Woodlawns
Woodstock, Ill.

Compiled by Neil Gale, Ph.D.

1 comment:

  1. My father played in one of these leagues. He lived on Taylor Street in Chicago. I wonder which team it might have been.

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