Academic journal article Nine

Stars Travel to the Bushes: A Barnstorming Photo Essay. (Photo Essay)

Academic journal article Nine

Stars Travel to the Bushes: A Barnstorming Photo Essay. (Photo Essay)

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Small, remote towns such as Edmonton, Alberta, eagerly turned out to watch a variety of barnstormers. Such teams as the House of David played in Edmonton in 1933, featuring recently retired great and eventual Hall of Fame member Grover Cleveland Alexander. Alexander, then age forty-six, would start a game, pitch 2 or 3 innings, and then depart with his wife for the next town in a private car. His not-so-fortunate teammates would have to settle for a bus ride after the contest ended.

Earle Mack's American League All-Stars played games in Edmonton on October 11 and 12, 1934, demolishing a collection of local stars 9-2 and 20-2. The biggest thrill for the local fans was to see future Hall of Famer Heine Manush smash a huge home run. In 1921, playing for the Edmonton Eskimos of the class B Western Canada League, he started serving notice that he might be Major League material. The 1934 season saw Manush bat .349 for the third best average in the American League (Lou Gehrig led the league with .363). Earle Mack's team featured not only Manush but also pitcher Ted Lyons, who would eventually gain entry to the Hall of Fame. …

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