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Feb. 16, 1905 - Transcribed April, 2008.

The Bay City Times - Thursday, February 16, 1905.


Men Prosposed for Offices are Tried and True and Things Look Good All Around.

Possibilities of reviving the great sport of base ball which years ago made Bay City famous are now beginning to look like certainties. Many times has Bay City been in state leagues or international associations but every time lack of financial backing has caused them to disband. Bay City generally did pretty well while good base ball was being played and if the spirit kept up in the other towns as it did here seasons could easily have been finished. “Soak ‘er Out Dennie” Lowney had things going nicely with a fast team a few years ago, but since he left there has been nothing but amateur games.

Cities this size and those a very few thousand smaller should be able to support teams run on an economical basis and as the appetite for the great American game has been sufficiently whetted in at lease nine good Michigan cities things look as if a state league would be a success. It is proposed to put the salary limit at $600 and with the promised financial backing of a number of street railway companies the meeting in Saginaw, February 23 out to be able to accomplish something. There are plenty of aspirants for professional base ball fame and as the way to the big leagues is best found through the minor ones it would be an easy matter to get some good talent. Port Huron, Battle Creek, Saginaw, Lansing, Flint, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Muskegon, Manistee and Traverse City may all send representatives to the meeting.

Joe S. Jackson, sporting editor of the Detroit Free Press, and John G. Clarkson, of this city, are candidates for the presidency of the league and either one of them knows as much about the game and its business management as any man in the west. Jos S. Smith, sporting editor of the Detroit Journal, may be chosen secretary. He is wise on base ball affairs also, and those so far named for officials insure strength for that, the main part. The last named is doing good missionary work in the cities mentioned and interest is reviving all over.

Base ball is the cleanest, most scientific and health giving sport there is and beside that is one of the best advertising agencies a city can have. The proposal meets with hearty approval in this city and there will be considerable disappointment if plans miscarry.

Feb. 24, 1905. Transcribed April, 2008.

The Bay City Times - Friday, February 24, 1905.



Bay City in the League with John G. Clarkson holds the Office of Vice-President.

The meeting of the representatives from towns with state baseball league ambitions did not much materialize at the Vincent house, Saginaw, yesterday afternoon. The meeting was to be called at 2 o’clock, but when The Evening Times representative put in an appearance there at that time there was no base ball enthusiasts to be found save J. P. Bowen and William St. Mary, the former in line for Saginaw and the latter with Flint credentials in his pocket. Bowen stated that the representatives had missed the train but to go ahead and the town would stand pat. Then Jose S. Jackson, sporting editor of the Detroit Free Press, who has sporting ambitions and would like to be president of the league, sent word that he could not come but that Joe Smith, of the Journal, who also be a shining light in the sporting firmament, would be on hand to tell the others how to go about the work of forming a substantial base ball organization. The late afternoon train from Detroit brought no Smith, who was interested in the game so “Mickey” and “Billy” retired to the Vincent to hold the meeting anyway.

They had proxies from the four towns missing so Bowen rapped St. Mary to order and proceeded to do business. A couple of newspaper men and A. B. Kimmerly and William Wolfe watched the meeting with intense interest. When the order of business got down to the election of officers St. Mary or Bowen nominated Joe Jackson for president and the other seconded it. No other names being put up the secretary was directed to cast the unanimous vote for Jackson. The same course was pursued in electing John G. Clarkson, of this city, vice-president, and Joe Smith, of Detroit, secretary. The meeting then adjourned to ???? next Tuesday. At this meeting the treasurer and board of directors will be selected, schedule formed and the salary limit and forfeit price placed.

Lansing, Flint, Port Huron, Jackson, Saginaw and Bay City are in the league so far having been admitted at the meeting yesterday. Battle Creek, Muskegon, Manistee, Cadillac and Traverse City may want to get into the band wagon by next week.

John Clarkson, the star twirler of former days, was a little late for yesterday’s meeting but he will be to all the good in getting a Bay City team in shape and if the league is a go he will be a source of great strength to it. A. B. Kimmerly will probably be a moving factor in the organization of the Saginaw team although his name is connected with the proposed all star independent team of the up-river burg.

Related Pages & Notes

John G. Clarkson
Pitcher, Baseball Hall of Fame

Related Pages:
Bio. John G. Clarkson
Bay City Team, 1907
Clarkson Park. (1909)
Clarkson,J. 1909 articles
{Sports Pictorial}
People Referenced
Bowen, J.P.
Clarkson, John G.
Jackson, Jos. S.
Kimmerly, A.B.
Lowney, Denny
Smith, Jos. S.
St. Mary, Wm.
Subjects Referenced
Battle Creek, MI
Bay City, MI
Cadillac, MI
Detroit Free Press
Detroit Journal
Flint, MI
Jackson, MI
Kalamazoo, MI
Lansing, MI
Manistee, MI
Muskegon, MI
Port Huron, MI
Saginaw, MI
Traverse City, MI
Vincent Hotel
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