Indoor baseball the rage of 1906
The Whitehorse Star, November 1906
INDOOR BASEBALL - THE RAGE OF 1906
The details are sketchy but here’s what we know so far…
The inaugural game was played on Saturday, November 24, 1906 between the “B.Y.N.” and “Police A” teams. The win went to “Police A” with the score board showing 20-13.
While the STAR dutifully announced each up-coming game and faithfully published all results; we never did state the actual rules.
From reading through the write-ups we know they played in a “large hall” at the North Star Athletic Association. Somehow, the walls of the hall were incorporated as part of the “field”.
As we see in the picture here, they used a narrow baton-like bat and a rather large ball.
The public was always “cordially invited” and there were “seats for ladies in the balcony.”
The sport was so popular, games were scheduled each Monday, Wednesday and Saturday evening. (And in 1906 that schedule included games played on Christmas Eve and Boxing Day too - now that’s dedication!)