1908: Baseball Popular in the Far North (Seattle Times)

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Games Called at Midnight Where the Spell of the Yukon Reigns.

July 4, 1908, Daily News-Miner
(Reprinted from Seattle Times)

A new placer strike in Alaska will cause every man in the nearest town to throw up his job, merchants to close their doors and women to shirk their household duties.  New strikes cause a fever that throws the whole town, community, region, into a state of excitement, but even this is overshadowed by a baseball game.

Recently there was a ball game at Whitehorse rapids.   A ball team from Juneau and one from Skagway visited the town.  And on the day the ball teams met at the little town at the foot of the Whitehorse rapids every store in Skagway closed, people went from Juneau, and at Whitehorse it was a holiday.

Baseball has always been the great game in Alaska.  When the Klondike was booming there were four semi-professional clubs in that city, and twice each week every one with any life or ambition was present.  Stores were closed up, and thousands of dollars changed hands on each game.

In the North baseball games are called at 8 o’clock in the evening, and on June 21st games are called at midnight, it being as light then as it is in Seattle at 7 o’clock.

Fairbanks being the largest city, has several clubs.  They furnish the only sport the people have, and each evening every one in the city wends his way to Garden Island park.  The same can be said about Nome and other cities, for in all the wide world there are more real, genuine fans to the population in Alaska than elsewhere.

July 4, 1908, Daily News-Miner (Reprinted from Seattle Times)

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