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American Passtime


What I know about the history of baseball you could put in the message space on the back of this postcard. That’s a rectangle 3.5 inches by 2.75 inches. Not very much. So if there’s anyone out there who knows anything about the history of minor league activities in the Midwest, especially in Iowa, I’ll appreciate some advice.

I’ve imagined a Double-A team in Agincourt as early as the 1890s — the Archers — and their field of dreams across the river in the Fennimore Co. Fairgrounds, a facility that would have been shared with Northwest Iowa Normal School after its founding. So many interesting possibilities: Who were the Archers’ principal rivals? Who were its star players and winning seasons? Did any of them catch the eye of recruiters and “graduate” to greater glory? I wonder if the county historical society might just have a rare surviving example of an actual Archer uniform.


  1. Larry Schwartz says:

    Baseball at Davenport’s John O’Donnell Stadium by Tim Rask
    Waterloo Diamonds by Richard Panek
    Class A : baseball in the middle of everywhere by Lucas Mann
    The III League, 1901-1961 by John R Dowling (III = Illinois-Indian-Iowa League; this book has stats)

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