Friday, October 14, 2005

From The Sporting News, 12-5-1907

From The Sporting News, December 5, 1907.

When baseball was the only game in town:

Favors Longer Season
Spokane Magnate Wants Two Weeks Added to Schedule

Spokane, Nov. 27 — Special  Correspondence:— Two, possibly three weeks more onto the base ball season of 1908 and finish at home is the hope of Eddie Quinn, manager [i.e., business manager] Spokane Indians.  Quinn expects to take this matter up at the meeting of the directors to be called for some time within the next few weeks.
With Helena in the circuit, an extra couple of weeks onto the schedule and a home wind-up, local fans should be more than satisfied next year.  The schedule of 1907 contained about 160 games, of which Spokane had only 75 on the home grounds.  Next year there would be from 175 to 180 games, with 90 or more on Spokane grounds, if Mr. Quinn’s recommendation meets with favor [it didn’t, and in fact the league played less games than in 1907] by other magnates.

Quinn raises the point that good weather in the Inland Empire almost always continues up until November every year, and that October is generally a better baseball month than even August or September.  The same is true in Butte, and Quinn expects that Butte people will be glad of the home-closing schedule if it can be arranged.

If Helena is in the circuit next year [it wasn’t], Quinn also figures on opening the season on Spokane grounds.  Since two or three of the teams probably  teams probably will train in this section of the country, at Lewiston, Moscow or Walla Walla, such a plan would save an extra trip to the Coast for at least one team.

It is generally believed that the Northwest will gladly take care of six or six and a half months of base ball, both through favorable weather conditions and through rivalry and interest.  Exhibition base ball continued in Spokane until the middle of October during the last fall and could have run a couple of weeks more.

Note: I guess it was a time when people didn’t complain about the length of the season— or only complained about the season was too short.  Many articles in The Sporting News over the winter months dealt with the future of the league, the business problems, and what would become of certain players— would they be back or not?  The Northwest League remained a six-team league in 1908, with four clubs on the Coast— Seattle, Vancouver, Tacoma and Grays Harbor— and only two clubs in the interior, Butte and Spokane.  Grays Harbor replaced Aberdeen, cutting one interior team, the franchise that Eddie Quinn had hoped would wind up in Helena.  The Northwestern League flourished as the Pacific Coast League contracted to four clubs— all in California cities— in the wake of the 1906 Earthquake.  As a matter of fact, the Coast League was in more worse financial straits after the 1907 season than after the earthquake-disrupted 1906 season.


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