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Baseball Costumes

Postby mikesglove » November 13th, 2017, 3:11 pm

Richard King in the 1940's as a member of the Indianapolis Clowns. The Clowns were a barnstorming team playing exhibition games that were a mixture of show business and baseball.
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The Clowns were also part of the Negro American League and won a championship in 1952. Hank Aaron was a member for a short time.
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The Indianapolis Clowns originally were called the Ethiopian Clowns.
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A team from Minnesota circa 1907
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A "clown baseball team" from Munsing, MN circa 1900
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Silvers the clown circa 1903
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A team from the 1880's
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Re: Baseball Costumes

Postby okdoak » November 13th, 2017, 7:35 pm

Clowns seemed less scary back then. :)
Neat stuff, Mike.
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Re: Baseball Costumes

Postby murphusa » November 13th, 2017, 10:04 pm

My paperman in the 1980’s to early 90’s was Floyd Culver who was 97@and rode his bike everyday to deliver the paper. He played for the Indy Clowns. Lots of cool stories
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Re: Baseball Costumes

Postby mikesglove » January 2nd, 2018, 3:05 pm

Quite an assortment of costumes. Looks to be circa 1890-1900
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Re: Baseball Costumes

Postby mikesglove » March 10th, 2018, 5:18 pm

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Yet the sport grew so popular, as it did in many New Mexico mining towns, that Silver City ushered in a new era of competition in 1887: Burlesque baseball, featuring contests between the “Fats” and “Leans” of the community. The thin fellows, known as Slim Jims, wore white suits decorated with skulls and crossbones, and carried dudish canes. The fat fellows, appropriately called Fat Fellows, wore suits bearing decorative beer mugs.

The nines marched to the baseball diamond to music headed by Prof. Langer’s band and Drum Major Fritsch. But the teams’ humor extended far beyond the uniforms. “The ice wagon was on hand rigged up as an ambulance and stationed at third base with a plentiful supply of beer which the jolly teuton who handled the lines dealt to the players who reached that goal. He was uniformed as a Dutch peasant, with wooden shoes, and wore a government cap,” reported the Silver City Enterprise on August 26, 1887.

A gift of beer when you hit third base? That brings new meaning to a “drinking game.”

An umpire armed with a “big revolver” officiated the game, and the Slim Jims thought they would win by tiring out the big guys. They were mistaken. “The pitcher and catcher of the big men ‘did the business,’ and the muscle of the monsters sent the balls away over the heads of the fellows of match-like form,” the paper reported. The Fat Fellows won by a score of 20 to 6.
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Re: Baseball Costumes

Postby mikesglove » March 13th, 2018, 2:14 pm

Communities entertained themselves with stage plays, parades, benevolent societies, and clubs. Andrew Lytle stands at the back of a group of men dressed for a burlesque baseball game, about 1895. The group poses on the front porch of the Lytle home
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Re: Baseball Costumes

Postby mikesglove » May 15th, 2018, 11:10 pm

Another TOC photo from Minnesota, the "Froggy92" team. I think Frogtown is near Lake Wobegon.
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