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1910 season big for the home team

Willa Soncarty
Registrar, Frontier Historical Society and Museum

Attorney C.B. Rowe had cordially invited the boys of summer to his office. On that March 25, 1910, hopes for a good community baseball team bloomed like the flowers of spring.

There was ample reason. The Glenwood Springs High School baseball team was practicing to take another Western Slope championship from Leadville, Gypsum and Aspen.

The athletic abilities of Barrier, Weidenhammer, Gallo, Rohr, Hubbard, Maupin, Cross, Blossom, Noonan, Mayes and Spahr did much to promote the school and the town. A competitive town team would do the same.

To hone their skills, the candidates for the town team set up practice with the successful high school team. Results were mixed. In a home plate collision, Davis of the town team was injured. Adding insult to the injury, the boys of the high school soundly beat the men of the town 15-3. The town team unraveled.

Without a community team, Glenwood invited others to play on the West 8th Street field. Spring Gulch met Silt and Carbondale on separate occasions, bringing hundreds of out-of-town spectators to the events.

The Eagles Lodges of Glenwood Springs and Aspen battled for victory. Montrose and Palisade played in Glenwood for the Western Slope championship.

Glenwood Springs resurrected a baseball team by late July, trouncing Silt and Carbondale. When Eagle canceled a game with Glenwood in August, Carbondale answered the call, bringing men scattered in hay and potato fields to Glenwood’s ball field.

Glenwood Springs baseball fans found plenty of entertainment in the season of 1910. As winter approached, those memories kept hope alive for the season of 1911.

“Frontier Diary” is provided to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent by the Frontier Historical Society and Museum, 1001 Colorado Ave., Glenwood Springs. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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