Baseball in Carleton Place —- Pollock Cup Winners and The House of David

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Baseball in Carleton Place —- Pollock Cup Winners and The House of David

 

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Julia Waugh Guthrie Photo– 1935
Scored this beauty find at a antique store in Perth. Love the grandstands in back. The grandfather of Bruce Guthrie,Naydene Guthrie Gardiner, Angie Hastie, Lynn Hastie-Card and Mike Downie is in the back row…Howard Little

 

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Another winner from Peter Bradley—

Here are some more cheerleaders from about 1958 with a good view of the bleachers in the background. The girls were being distracted by the boys (so whats new?)

 

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From the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Thanks Jennifer–Llew Lloyd The baseball stadium was part of Riverside Park. The school was built beside the church.

 

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Clipped from

  1. The Ottawa Journal,
  2. 11 Sep 1935, Wed,

 

 

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Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum Photo

Sandra Mailey baseball photo … my dad’s brother Meyer Doyle, standing to the right

Sandy Dobie Great picture showing the old grandstand!

Linda Begin I miss that old grandstand, I remember going to St. Mary’s me and three friends got caught smoking behind the grandstands Mr. McNaulty our principle was not happy with us.

Dale Costello Spent many a day in the stands. And under the stands. Carleton Place’s answer to Yankee Stadium.

 

The House of David–For baseball fans, playing under the lights was an added draw. It’s hard to believe that night baseball was played in Carleton Place before it was played at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs! I

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Ray Paquette During the 1950s, the ball park was the site of games featuring teams of “barnstorming” American professional baseball players who played local teams. The purpose was to raise money in support of local baseball. One such team, “The House of David” featured two things: all the players sported full beards and the game was played at night under lights atop of standards that were brought to town by the visitors. For baseball fans, playing under the lights was an added draw. It’s hard to believe that night baseball was played in Carleton Place before it was played at Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs! It was quite an experience for young boys at the time..

The House of David

 

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CLIPPED FROM
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Nov 1948, Mon  •  Page 19

CLIPPED FROM
The Ottawa Journal
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Nov 1948, Mon  •  Page 19

he House of David baseball team, in Benton Harbor, Michigan, circa 1918. The group forbade their members to cut their hair or shave their beards. Photograph: Underwood Archives/Getty Images
The House of David was an Adventist cult that banned alcohol, sex and shaving. But it also loved baseball – and its teams toured the country to enraptured crowds.

In 1903, Benjamin and Mary Purnell founded the Israelite House of David, a religious society in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

But they also allowed women members to vote and hold office, ran an amusement park, sent traveling bands on the vaudeville circuit — and formed a sensational baseball team.

Babe Ruth joins the House of David for a game with the help of a fake beard.
Image: Chris Siriano’s House of David Baseball Museum, 922 Main Street, St. Joe, Michigan

With their long hair and beards, the House of David players drew massive crowds as they barnstormed around the country.  Famous professional players occasionally donned fake beards and joined the team for games, including Grover Cleveland Alexander, Satchel Paige, and even Babe Ruth.(They considered signing the Sultan of Swat in 1934, but decided his hedonistic lifestyle would be a poor fit for the ascetic team.)

Playing as far afield as Hawaii and Mexico, the House of David continued to draw crowds until the 1950s, when the splintering of the scandal-wracked commune and rise of Major League Baseball led to a decline in popularity.

While the baseball team is no more, fractions of the religious society, and the communes they built, still exist today.

Image: Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images–

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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