From the 1880s through the early 1920s, every town had
its "town team" of baseball players. These teams were not associated with any
scholastic programs; they consisted of the best local athletes willing
and able to play baseball.
Left to right, front row: Lawrence Westlake (bat boy),
Clair Emerson, Earl Emerson, John Scanlon, Roy Grun. The barefoot boy with the
catcher's mitt is Raymond "Kid" Harlow.
Back row: Richard "Dick" Stagner, Noah Coit, John Hicks, Ray Grun, Donald
Warner, Braden Hall and Fredus (or Tredus) Pitcher.
This team beat all the competition in the region, including most of
the semi-pro teams that toured the area. It was said that Dick Stagner was
the top player on the team.
Thanks to Travis D. Hicks of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, for sharing this photo!
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