This is a picture of a Wabash College home baseball game from the 1920s. I love this picture for many reasons. It is so visually rich in appearance. I also love it for the way it captures the fans of the sport in the 1920’s. We can see the gents in their straw boaters and the ladies in their hats, along with the ever present crop of small boys. The baseball teams of the 20’s were outstanding and a few of our alums went on to play in the majors. Baseball was serious business in that decade.
I should note that although the style of the stadium closely resembles that of the recently retired Mud Hollow field, it is not the same stadium. At this time the baseball field was on the north side of Jennison Street along with the football field.
But as with most things, with the opening of the Spring home baseball season at Wabash, everything changes. This year, the team will have a new and modern field on which to play. Construction is nearly finished, the crews have worked through good weather and bad, (mostly bad lately!) to finish on time. Here is a link to the Brent Harris’ web posting about this project: http://blogs.wabash.edu/fyi/2011/02/01/winter-work-continues-on-outdoor-field/
One thing that hasn’t changed is Wabash’s commitment to the national pastime – baseball was the first sport at Wabash and continues to be a core part of our athletic program. This new field is a tangible sign of that commitment and the onset of baseball season is one of the surest signs that spring might actually be on its way! Might I add that it is not a moment too soon…Best, Beth Swift Archivist Wabash College Update! The ball field is ready for prime time here is a link to Brent Harris’ great piece…Play ball! http://www.wabash.edu/news/displayStory_print.cfm?news_ID=8799