Baseball in Colorado Springs (Images of Baseball Series)

Baseball in Colorado Springs (Images of Baseball Series)

by Roger P Hadix


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From Boulevard Park and Memorial Field to Security Service Field (formerly Sky Sox Stadium), Colorado Springs is a baseball town. Professional baseball arrived in 1901; the Brown Bombers, a semiprofessional black team, came in the 1940s; and the original Sky Sox won the Western League Championship in 1953, 1955, and 1958. Local players such as Ed Kent, Bill Everitt, Jim Landis, Sam Hairston, Connie Johnson, Vinny Castilla, and Todd Helton have made it to the major leagues. Rich “Goose” Gossage, a Colorado Springs native, went directly from Class A ball to the Chicago White Sox, starting his hall-of-fame career in 1972.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738599540
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 05/13/2013
Series: Images of Baseball Series
Pages: 127
Sales rank: 1,242,716
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Colorado Springs sports historian and author Roger P. Hadix has collected rare photographs from each decade of the late 19th and 20th centuries, chronicling the national pastime as played throughout the Pikes Peak region. For the past 19 years, Hadix has also lived the history by playing vintage base ball with the Colorado Vintage Base Ball Association.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Play Ball!: 1874-1895 9

2 Intercollegiate Baseball: 1896-2012 13

3 The Colorado Springs Millionaires: 1901-1905, 1912, 1916 25

4 The Colorado Springs City League: 1906-1930 39

5 Harlem Globetrotters Softball & "Black Baseball": 1930-1949 45

6 The Colorado Springs Sky Sox: 1950-1958 47

7 Indoor and Youth Baseball: 1895, 1913-1914, 1920, 1949, 1960-1980 75

8 Aloha, Colorado Springs!: 1988-Present 87

9 Rich "Goose" Gossage: 1963-Present 107

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