Skidmore Baseball Team Travels, 1905

We were surprised to learn that Skidmore’s baseball team played away games so far away, and we’ve noted for our travel journal that Clarinda = good, College Springs = not so good.  From the June 8, 1905 Skidmore New Era, page 1:

Ball Teams Outing.

Last Thursday morning, about four o’clock, the home ball team left for a tour of Southern Iowa.

We arrived at Clarinda, Ia., about eleven o’clock, all tired and hungry, where we were welcomed by the whole town.  After dinner we went to the ball park where we were beaten, not by the umpire, as most teams claim when beaten, but just out-played.  The score at the end of the game stood 14 to 5 in favor of Clarinda.

We have never been out with a ball team very much, but if there is any town that can show any more hospitality than Clarinda we don’t know where it is.  We wish to thank the ball players and citizens for the kind treatment received at that place.

COLLEGE SPRINGS GAME.

Friday morning we landed at College Springs, all confident of a victory.

This being commencement at the college, all the ball boys were busy, and we didn’t get started to playing ball until four o’clock, with a college student as umpire.  We had always heard that college boys knew nothing about anything but books, and now we know that they don’t know how to umpire a ball game.  He gave us some of the rankest decisions that we were ever up against.  The next time we go there we will bring an umpire along that knows the game.  It’s the same old story; they beat us three to one.

For the benefit of those who have never been to College Springs, we will say that it is a small one-horse town, with a general store and telephone office.  The treatment we received here from the ball players, as well as the citizens, was noticeably cool.  We had intended staying there all night but they had robbed us once, so we thought we had better leave town.  We spent the night in Burlington Junction, returning home the next morning, all feeling well repaid for our trip.

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