Paying another visit to the variety store...
Our ongoing series — “From AC to MLB” — featuring men who were born within the Ashtabula County borders and went on to play in at least one Major League Baseball game — trends toward more than a bit of research.
In doing so, I stumbled across an item that caught my eye. It appeared in the Monday, Aug. 29, 1910 edition of the Star Beacon on Page 5.
However, the story was not based on an event that happened in that era.
No, it was from “the old days” — as in before the Civil War.
The 1910 story reprinted a Star Beacon story from the Sept. 1, 1860 edition, which read as follows:
Monroe and Conneaut indulged in an all-day game of ball.
It is correct to say that the towns engaged in the game, for nearly all the residents were in the field.
The Monroe boys took the lead at the outset and held it until dinner time, when the score was 58-50 in favor of Monroe.
In the afternoon, Conneaut made one of her ninth-inning batting rallies and increased her end of the count while holding her opponents to a score of tallies.
When the game was called on account of darkness, the score stood 100 to 70 in Conneaut’s favor.
This is said to be one of the best ball games ever seen in the vicinity.
In the 1910 look back at the marathon contest played a half-century previous, it pointed out the following:
- The game lasted all day long.
- Monroe and Conneaut both played a wonderful game.
- The score was 100 to 70 in a record-breaking contest that was realized 50 years ago.
Obviously, these were town teams that played frequently during the week and, on most Sundays, a doubleheader.
It struck me as funny to read an account in a 1910 Star Beacon sports section talking about “the old days.”