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CHAPTER TEN

SOCIAL LIFE, SPORTS AND RECREATION IN THE COMMUNIT,\T

BASEBALL

The first baseball game I recall took place May 24, 1883, at Bill Smith's farm on the Commission Trail when Range 19 (our team) defeated the Range 20 team. Supper was served in Smith's granary for 25c each and the losers had to pay the bill. After everything was cleared away the day ended with an old time dance at which fiddlers Pete Cantlon and Dick McIntosh provided the music. Among the praticipants that day were Cousin Bob Musgrove, Pete Robertson, Bill Anderson, Bill Armitage and Al Birbeck. The catcher was the dude, Joe Birbeck, whose baseball attire consisted of a white shirt and a black suit.

Other early games were played at Chas. Wright's (now Art Shorey's place) and at the former site of Caranton School to which diamond such players as Jim and Bill Rae, Bill and Jim Willson, Bill Lambert, D. Henderson, Tom Patterson, Jim Musgrove and I used to walk.

After the railway came through in 1885, baseball flourished in town and games were played against Deloraine, Killarney and Ninga. Groups known as the first and second teams met at picnics at Victoria near Minto and at Langvale, north of town. Baseball continued as a popular sport for many years with such strong con­ tenders as brothers Will and Bob Musgrove, Jim Steele, Harry Chapman, Dick Sparling, George Musgrove, Ben Steel and Harman Frayne.

Baseball in the early days was a rugged game with no masks or mitt to prevent a broken finger-by one who knows.

C. C. Musgrove

LACROSSE

A leading sporting interest around Boissevain in the 1880's was lacrosse-a game which was popular for ten years. Opposing teams came from Deloraine or Hartney. Occasionally Boissevain and Souris met at Deloraine. Transportation was provided by liveryman

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