Weirick helped game he loved in Glenwood
Registrar, Frontier Historical Society and Museum
Perhaps no man loved the sport of baseball more than Glenwood Springs resident George Weirick. Weirick, who as a boy had moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in the late 1880s, had a passion for promoting and participating in all events designed to delight and entertain the public. However, when it came to baseball, Weirick not only organized teams but also brought his competitive nature to the field as a player.
George Weirick was a man short in stature but tall in athletic ability. He was quick. He was tough. He was passionate about baseball. As a young man Weirick had traveled throughout the west, playing on teams wherever he lived.
When he returned to Glenwood Springs the early 1900s, Weirick became a businessman bent on creating a strong town baseball team. As a master of promotion, he canvassed his fellow business owners in early 1912 for financial support. Pledges from businesses and individuals provided enough money to start the team.
Taking his case to the Glenwood Springs City Council, Weirick asked for $100 in city money for the purchase of team uniforms. Through a unanimous vote, Weirick and his team of Sandusky, Gallo, Dore, Mangnall, Spencer, Maupin, Miller, Walter, Noonan, Barrier, Davis and Strickland were outfitted for the season.
Glenwood’s baseball team did not disappoint fans. It was competitive and difficult to beat. However, by July 1912, the team needed additional money to meet expenses. As a dancehall owner, Weirick sponsored a dance to benefit his team, giving it the financial boost to complete the season.
In the summers to follow, Weirick continued to support baseball either through play or promotion. Through his passion, fans across the area learned the beauty of the game.
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