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By James P. Quigel

Drawing upon neighborhood Williamsport newspapers, vast oral histories from former avid gamers, baseball directors, boosters and enthusiasts and infrequent picture collections, this paintings reconstructs the totality of the pro baseball adventure.

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Each member club was now obligated to honor the player contracts and reserve lists of other member teams. The WG&B reported at the time: Former organizations of this kind in Williamsport never had any protection or control over their players. They could jump contracts, disobey instructions, and in fact do anything they pleased . . without fear of penalty. But with the situation and the protection now afforded, the clubs will play better ball than has ever been played in this city. The stockholders did not organize the present club for the purpose of making money, but are anxious that it will be selfsustaining, and if the public will give their support by attending the games the club will become a perpetual organization.

Every owner of an automobile was urged to participate in this outpour of affection for the team. The Grit reported: Automobile row was so crowded that the motor carriages filled the roadway and overflowed way past center field. Beyond that a solid wall of humanity afoot, in carriages and every other way but horseback, stretched in a circle to the woods, where it met another equally large overflow. In front of the bleachers in both fields there were double rows of spectators sitting on the bank and on the grass, something never before seen in Athletic Park.

Among the clubs that played here were the Demorests, Lycoming Rubber Works, the Keystones, and Joe Ottenmiller’s Brewery Colts. (D. Vincent Smith Collection, Lycoming County Historical Society) Gateway to the Majors standing plays in the field. Overzealous fans forced the suspension of the Williamsport– Lock Haven series in 1894 when fights in the stands poured out onto the playing field during one game. In 1896, the Demorests joined the professional Central Pennsylvania League for one season, playing against Sunbury, Shamokin, Milton, and Bloomsburg.

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