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Danville, Ill., Now Claims to Be First to Top ’51 Gate (1952)

League records last season showed the Dans drew 24,775, but when Lyons took over this year, he and a government tax expert checked the figures and found the gate actually was only 14,487 paid. The Dans surpassed that figure on June 8 this season with 15, 979. After 45 games, the total for the current campaign was 55,424–an average of 1,232.

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Link-less (1964)

When asked why Hutchinson didn’t drive him down after they gassed up, Curtis said, “He had a date for Sunday night.”

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Next Time, Go by Thumb (1968)

Catcher Carl[ton] Fisk of the Waterloo (Midwest) Hawks missed the team bus for a trip to Appleton, Wis., so he decided to hitch-hike.

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Ump Simon Has a Picnic and Sits Down on the Job (1966)

Tom Simon, veteran showman of the Midwest League’s umpire staff, pulled some new tricks here, August 22.

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Vincennes to Canton, June 1952

Although Vincennes was a contender for the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League pennant for the first time in three years, the attendance was so disappointing that General Manager Bob Rouse decided to transfer the franchise to Canton, Ill., June 6.

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Gruenwald Bows Out (1965)

[Midwest League president James] Gruenwald said he wanted to devote more time to private life and his vice-presidency of the Davenport Bank and Trust Company.

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Clinton Skipper Suspended (1964)

The suspension by Piton followed an appeal by the umpire, who did not think the punishment was sufficient.

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Pirates Exchange Managers for Last-Place Farm Clubs (1959)

Found this while trying to determine whether the two John Armstrongs associated with Dubuque were actually the same person–as, indeed, they were. Also found Armstrong’s obituary; he passed away on April 30, 1960 in his Dubuque home.

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Baseball in Danville (1976)

Professional baseball today, in modern, comfortable, well-lighted parks, provides any community at any level with measurable and tangible benefits. A city can have few greater community assets.

Baseball is a proven deterrent to juvenile delinquency. It provides clean and wholesome recreation at moderate cost for the entire family. It provides live actors in dramatic combat, and escape from the hum-drum.

There’s also the dollar and cents value of a team to a community. While this is difficult to measure accurately, a team will leave a sizeable amount of money in a city during the five-month season.

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MOV League, August, 1949

What really caught my eye, here was the Belleville ballpark information. Cathedral High is long-gone, now, but a little investigation shows that it was located roughly where St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is–Fifth and Lincoln. And this certainly looks like the remnant of a minor league ballpark.

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