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03 15       Ball playing seems to be the favorite amusement just now.  Parties may be daily seen on the common warmly engaged in this healthful exercise.  It makes one think of old times when we had nothing else to do on a fine day in spring.   WD




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F. Amann, E. Berg, S. Baumann, Frank Smith, William “Tony”Diekoff, C. Amann, E. Steinberg, Mattie Smith, C. Christensen


05 14       We, the S. C.'s of Woodard & Stone's candy department, hereby challenge the Hard Tacks of the cracker department, to play a game of baseball on the Dennis grounds Saturday afternoon, May 15, 1886.

Signed "S. C.s' [Sure Cures]

We accept the above, and will play you on the above date.  HARD TACKS.  Turn out everybody and see the game.   WG


05 21       The game of baseball played on the Dennis’ grounds last Saturday afternoon between the Sure Cures and Hard Tacks of Woodard & Stone's bakery, resulted in favor of the formed the score standing 32 to 72 at the close of the 7th inning.  Time of game, 14 hours, umpire, W.C. Stone.  Had the boys played nine innings we presume they would still be batting.


A better record would undoubtedly have been made were the weather more favorable, it having rained nearly all the time the game was in progress.  The boys marched from their headquarters to the grounds in fine style, being headed by their own band, consisting of a fife, base and snare drum.  George Hill did the heavy scoring for the Hard Tacks, running bases with velocity of a cannon ball, while W. E. Cowen of the Sure Cures, made himself remarkable for the way his smile drove the ball heavenward every time it came within smiling distance of him.  Although the game was not one of professionals, it was full interesting incidents.  In connection herewith the participants in the game wish to extend their thanks to the ladies who so kindly furnished them button-hole bouquets for the occasion; also to the members of the band.  WG




Woodard & Stone's Crackermen and Candy-Makers indulged in a game of baseball Saturday afternoon on the Northwestern college grounds.  At the end of the exciting contest the score stood; Candy-makers. 36; Crackermen, 33.



07 06       Baseball players should be a little more choice in their language especially when ladies are present, than some of those who played on the Dennis ground last Sunday were.  There were quite a number of the fair sex present on this occasion, and they were decidedly opposed to this part of the programme.    WG




NOTICE.  We did not lose the game of ball Saturday at Jefferson by playing, but by the umpire and crowd present.  We will play the Jefferson Base Ball club for $50.00 on neutral grounds agreed upon.



Manager of H. W. Vogel’s B.B. Club




Mr. Editor: By private taste and enterprise we have a small but attractive park kept up on Third and Fourth streets.  Within a short time similar private enterprise has embellished it with flowers.  Of late, however, a gang of boys has taken possession of it for ball playing.  As a consequence, the turf gets torn up, the flowers endangered, and passers-by annoyed.  Have civilized communities no rights which ball-playing idlers are bound to respect?




There is a time to regard to play ball and there should be a proper place to play ball, and certainly there should be no grounds for complaints like the above.     WR


Cross reference note:  Lewis monument in park was not erected until 1898-1899.



11 21       Lumber in the fences and stands at the Watertown baseball park has been sold and the park is a thing of the past.  Baseball on an extensive scale is probably at an end in this city, at least for a number of years.  WR



05 18       An interesting game of baseball was played Sunday afternoon on the new diamond at Washington Park between the Crescents and the Sacred Heart College team.  The game was by no means devoid of errors, but some pretty playing was done, and the closeness of the score kept up the interest.  The batteries were Gleason and Carr for the collegians, Berndt and Schulz for the Crescents.  The score stood 13 to 11 in favor of the Sacred Heart.  Next Sunday the Crescents play at Juneau.  WR


09 14       The ball game at Washington Park Sunday afternoon between the cigar makers and the barbers was won by the former by a score of 13 to 12.  The score was a tie, 12 to 12, at the close of the eighth inning, but in the ninth the cigar makers secured a run while the barbers were blanked.  There was some good playing done on both sides.    WG



05 09       The baseball enthusiasts who attended last Sunday's game at Washington Park between the Sacred Hearts and the Badgers of Milwaukee were considerable disappointed over the exhibition.  The Badgers were touted as a good team, but they proved no match for the collegians, who won by a score of 25 to 0.  Joss pitched his customary strong game and allowed but three hits, while the Badgers' pitcher was battered all over the lot.  O'Malley of the Sacred Hearts did some great hitting, having two home runs to his credit in one inning.  The other Sacred Heart players were also in fine form.   WR


05 16       Though a drizzling rain set in about 12:30 o'clock Sunday, the baseball cranks were not prevented a little bit from going to see the great game scheduled for the afternoon between the Jefferson Blues and the Sacred Heart College team at the new park in Jefferson.  A special train was run over the Northwestern Road and large crowds from all around this vicinity were aboard it.  The weather being rather cold, the spectators exerted themselves to keep warm and their continual moving about and yelling tended to arouse the enthusiasm to its highest pitch.  The game was called at 3 o'clock, with Jefferson at the bat.  Claude Elliott, the famous Portage twirler appeared on the slab for the Sacred Hearts, with Kleinow behind the bat.   WR



The members of the baseball association are very thankful for the donation of Wm. Hartig, the brewer.  He was asked to subscribe to the fund, and forthwith agreed to erect the necessary fence around Washington park.   WR



Out at Watertown they have a baseball team that bids fair to be shifted to Milwaukee before the season ends if the boys continue the early season’s pace.  It is the Sacred Heart college team, with an outside battery, and the way they are eating up all the amateur teams they are meeting is a caution to dyspepsia.  The citizens of Watertown don’t understand what can be the matter with their Madison cousins in giving up baseball in disgust.  The reason it is said there is no fever in the Philippines just now is because Watertown has gone out and gathered together all kinds of fever known to man and centered fire on baseball interests. 


Wisconsin’s close second German city is becoming dissatisfied with its former quietude and bids fair to get wide awake this summer in the baseball business.  Nobody pretends to do any business out there these days when there is a baseball game on.  The residents can hardy finish their dinners in time to get out for the preliminary practice.  If anybody has an idea that Watertown has not a lot of solid business men and good red-hot sports, just let him take out his role the next time there is a game scheduled at that attractive city and commence to offer bets on the visiting team.


They can make fun of Watertown’s not having half a dozen American merchants in her city limits and all that sort of thing, but her boys know how to whack the everlasting glucose out of Spalding’s pig-skins.  The citizens will endeavor to keep the team after the college year closes and if they are successful will loan it to Mack at the end of the season to help him win the pennant."  Milwaukee Journal, May 20, 1899.    WG



Three persons have agreed to back the baseball team this year.  They are Gustav Buchheit, Albert Fredrich and Reinhold Schott.  A lease has been granted for Washington park and everything will be done in the proper way.  The season will open about June 2 and it is hoped that only success awaits the undertaking.   WR


07 28       "Foul"

There was a game of baseball the other day in one of the local ball parks between a local team and a picked nine.  The clerk in one of the dry good stores got the afternoon off and took his girl, who is not a connoisseur of a ball game.  In the second inning the ball came skipping into the grandstand and the umpire called "foul."  "Say," said the wise girl, "why did he call that ball fowl?  I didn't see any feathers on it."  "Didn't I tell you that it was a picked nine?" he replied.



The baseball "fans" surely got their money’s worth Sunday afternoon, when Oshkosh and Watertown met on the diamond at Washington park in the second game of the state championship series.  A large crowd sweltered through an eleven inning contest and then kicked because the game was called in time for supper with the score tied 4 to 4.  They were so intensely interested that they wanted to see the game decided right then, but the managers wisely concluded to take an adjournment and play off the tie next Sunday at Juneau.   WR



Oshkosh and Watertown played off their tied game at Juneau Sunday afternoon, it being the second of the series of three games for the state championship between these teams.  An excursion train was run from this city over the Northwestern, carrying about 300 people; and there was a total attendance at the game of over 1,000.  Things looked blue for Watertown at the beginning of the contest, for in the first inning Oshkosh hit the ball hard and often and scored five runs, but after that Root braced up and pitched splendid ball, allowing only one more run to be made.  Notwithstanding this discouraging opening, the Watertowns made a gallant up-hill fight, and before the close of the ninth inning had amassed a total of nine runs on good, clean hitting that made glad the hearts of their numerous admirers.  It is expected that the deciding game of the series will be played in this city next Sunday. Following is the . . .   WR



The final and deciding game of the series of the state championship between Oshkosh and Watertown was played Sunday in Washington park and was rather a disappointment to the large crowd present.  From the preceding contest it was expected there would be a "battle royal," but Oshkosh showed up in a demoralized condition, of the original team only Hanford, Morrissey, Bruyette and Matzler being on hand.  The local team loaned pitcher Apel to the visitors and he put up a good game at second base, while they also received efficient aid at shortstop by Sullivan, of Janesville.  Claude Elliot, the noted pitcher, was also here to assist Oshkosh, but in place of pitching he went behind the bat, while Hanford, the regular catcher, essayed the twirler's job, thus reversing the regular battery positions and giving the spectators an impression from the start that the game would be a fiasco.  If Hansford ever had any idea he could pitch it must have entirely left him Sunday.  Such a fusillade of base hits has not whizzed past the ears of any twirler on the home ground this season.  Home runs, three-baggers, two-baggers and singles followed each other in rapid succession.  Whenever Watertown was at bat, the result of the terrific hitting being 14 runs, nearly all earned.  By luck Oshkosh ran into a lone run, but they should have been shut out.  The home team put up their usual fine game and Root pitched steadily, although suffering from a lame arm. . . .    WR



Sacred Heart 1899 Baseball Team


Issues of Watertown Republican during the summer of 1899 have quite a few articles about baseball games played with Jefferson etc.  They invariably ended in protest or with one team just walking off the field




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As was expected the National league has decided to reduce the circuit to eight clubs, this having been accomplished by the committee consisting of Messrs. Brush, Hart and Rogers.  At the secret meeting at Cleveland yesterday the members practically agreed to the terms arranged by the committee and all that remains is for the league to ratify the agreement at a meeting to be held in New York later on.  According to the terms the American league takes the Cleveland and Louisville territories and the Eastern league the Baltimore and Washington rights.   WR



Manager Connie Mack of the Milwaukee ball club has arranged a number of good games for the Brewers this spring and the practice will no doubt be the best they have had in several seasons. The practice will be done at Richmond, Ind., the arrangements having been completed for the team there some time ago. The climate at that place is expected to be as favorable as any point above Louisville.   WR


03 06       MANAGER SCHOTT

Manager Schott, of last season's baseball team, is arranging to have Watertown represented again the coming season with a strong aggregation of ball tossers.  A first class twirler will be secured and also a few other outside players of well-known ability.  However, most of the team will be selected from home talent.  There is no doubt that a good baseball team is a splendid advertisement for our city and Mr. Schott should therefore be liberally encouraged in his undertaking.   WR


03 27       “JIM” HANEY

“Jim” Haney, the baseball twirler, has several offers under consideration for the season.  The best is one of $150 a month from Woodstock, Ont., to play in the Canadian league, but Haney does not like the idea of going to Canada, and will probably accept something nearer home. — Madison Journal.  Haney played on the Watertown team a while last summer.  WR



Sunday's baseball game at Washington Park between the Watertown team and the Skidmores of Milwaukee was a very interesting one, the score in a ten-inning game being 5 to 4 in favor of Watertown.  The Watertown boys put up a splendid game.  Eddie Heimer was in the box for the home team and struck out 17 men, several times retiring the Skidmores on strikes.  Umpire Fallon, of the Sacred Hearts, umpired to the satisfaction of everybody.    WG



The team from St. John’s Military Academy, Delafield, met the Sacred Hearts Saturday afternoon at Washington park.  The soldier boys were entirely outclassed sand were kept busy chasing the leather while their opponents fattened up their batting averages.  At the end of seven innings the visitors said they had had enough and quit, the score standings 29 to 0 against them.  The game was considerable of a farce.   WR



One of the most interesting games of ball ever seen here was played Sunday afternoon at Washington park between the Jefferson and Watertown teams.  It took ten innings to decide the contest, the locals finally winning out by a score of 14 to 10.  Up to the seventh inning it looked like Jefferson’s game, but by a streak of good batting the home boys tied the score and in the next inning forged ahead three runs.  Jefferson came to the front again, however, in the ninth and made the score a tie.  The tenth saw four more runs added to the Watertown side of the score, while the visitors were blanked.  It was a see-saw game all the way through and furnished rare sport for the large crowd in attendance.  Both pitchers were hit hard and the fielding was not of the best, but nevertheless it was a good game to look at.    WR


08 03       ROXY” WALTHERS

“Roxy” Walthers, of Juneau, a very popular infielder of last year’s Watertown baseball team, has been signed by the Cleveland American league team as third baseman. This season thus far he has been playing in the Sheboygan club.    WG




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YOUNG ADULT ACTIVITY CLUB (assumed) / Watertown baseball team




The game of baseball played by the Jefferson and Watertown Campers last Friday afternoon furnished more than mere amusement than anything that has transpired in this town this season.  The two nines and their friends were in for fun and they found it.  The Jefferson people had a band of four pieces with them to liven up the occasion, and the band, whether scientific or not full, met the objects of the occasion by furnishing a good time for all, adding much to the enjoyment which the campers were seeking in their outing.  The score was 19 to 17 in favor of Jefferson, but there was no boasting over the victory and no evidence of jealousy, and all returned to their camps in a happy, jolly mood.   WG



About twenty-five years ago, one of the strongest baseball teams in this county was the aggregation that represented the town of Shields.  Among the expert ball-tossers who comprised the team, no one was more widely known as a comer" than Jim Solon, the present Juneau sheriff.  In his balmy days Jim was a hard one to beat, and it seems that he has not yet forgotten a few of the tricks which he learned down on the Mud Lake marsh.  Last Sunday, unbeknown to his family or many Juneau friends, he sneaked off to Beaver Dam on the pretense of doing a little professional business connected with his office as sheriff, and got mixed up in a game of baseball with a few Drubvillle professionals.  During the contest he was known as one of the “Fats."  The game was played, as we understand, behind closed gates and a ten-foot fence.  A small boy who sneaked in without being detected, says that the contest lasted three hours, and during that time each team came to bat but twice.  The feature, as the kid says, was “de timely two-bagger of de guy what wore de star on his vest."  This slugger was undoubtedly our Jim.  When questioned as to the truth of the little fellow’s statement, Jim admitted that he hit the ball as hard as he could, but he claims he was stopped at second base by the umpire.  Anyhow, "Fats’ won and the county’s chief executive is elated over his success.   WG




There is hardly a section of the state that the baseball “fans” are not acquainted with, or have heard of, R. S. “Jumbo” (R. S.) Keel as he has been a noted baseball player throughout this section for years and was signed with the Milwaukee league team one season but, owing to an injury, was unable to play the entire season.


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Watertown Baseball, Milwaukee City League, 1905

Front row:  Ed Schultz, J. Miller, _?_ Boettcher

Sitting:  George Richards, Frank McAdams (former mayor), William Richards, R. Hahn, W. Krueger

Back:  Peter Kronitz, John Bergan, F. Leschinger


1906       There are all probabilities that the Watertown city team and Northwestern University will cross bats next Wednesday, May 30, on the N. W. U. Campus. No definite arrangements have been made as yet, but the two managers will undoubtedly come to an agreement today. This will probably be one of the most exciting contests, since both teams will have their crowd of rooters and make things warm. The day will bring forth many baseball enthusiasts, the day being on a legal holiday. The Leader will announce more after the managers have come to a satisfactory agreement.   May 26 WL


1906       Johnson Creek, June 26 - A good many of our people attended the base ball game between Jefferson and Watertown at the fair grounds at Jefferson last Sunday. We have always sent strong delegations to whatever was going on in Jefferson and hope the boys will retaliate and come and spend the Fourth without fear. We only advertised what we actually offered to the amusement loving public and can guarantee a good game in the forenoon as well as afternoon. The carnival will be something new in this next section and you can have as much fun as a barrel of monkeys. The arrangement committee has been trying to secure the Arion Military Band of Jefferson and offered them for a half day's playing more than we ever paid any band years before, but we were not able to make them see our way. Other arrangement have, however been made since. Come to Johnson Creek!     June 29 WL


1906       Sunday afternoon at Washington Park the local first team will meet the St. Matthew baseball team of the Catholic City League of Milwaukee.  That team is one of the fastest in the league and is near the top of the percentage column.  The locals have played two of the teams belonging to this league and both gave the locals a hard argument which goes to show that they are a first class team.  The local fans who journey to the park Sunday afternoon will witness one of the best games of the season.  Watertown is playing fast ball and if they can keep up the pace they will make the city boys go home without a win.     Aug 3   WL


1906       Fred Schaetzke, who is spending the winter with his folks in Milwaukee, spent Thanksgiving in the city and remained over to attend the dance in the evening.  Mr. Schaetzke will be remembered as one of the old stars in the Watertown baseball team, leaving here five years ago, when base ball enthusiasm was at its height and Watertown had a team that ranked among the highest with the amateur teams of the northwest.  During the season recently ended Schaetzke played with one of the Texas League teams and has a contract to play there next season.  The gentleman has been in league company several times and has a good reputation in baseball circles.  While in Watertown, he played second base and was the star player, being a heavy and sure batter.  The visit of Schaetzke was much enjoyed by his many local friends.   Dec 9






07 17       Watertown defeated Hartford at Washington Park    WG


07 24       Watertown defeated Miller Brewing Co. of Oshkosh    WG


09 04       WATERTOWN ROOTERS attending the Watertown-Columbus baseball game of 09 04 1908 in Waterloo



09 23       Fred Merkle   During a game rookie Giant first baseman Fred Merkle . . . as was the custom of the time in such situations, headed for the Giant clubhouse in center field. Cub second baseman Johnny Evers - a stickler for rules - noticed that Merkle had not gone on to touch second . . .


10 02       Addie Joss [1880-1911].  The perfect game.  Cleveland Naps hosted the Chicago White Sox.  Addie Joss monument at Watertown’s Washington Park


11 13       Bittner Baseball Club, 1908, Mention of, WG



03 05       Milwaukee City League, Watertown baseball team admitted to   WG


04 02       Elks Baseball Club   WG


04 30       City League's championship season, Frank Lange   WG


05 28       Watertown suffered first defeat and coat of whitewash of the season    WG


06 11       Sixteen hundred howling fans at local game   WG


09 10       Watertown team left field after decision of umpire   WG



-- --                 “Champions of Wisconsin”


-- --           LAKE MILLS GRAYS

In 1909 image, the Lake Mills Grays were burning up the baseball diamonds, as successors to an earlier team, the Lake Mills Blues.


E. L. Mills, catcher; Lee Putnam, pitcher; Frank Everson, first baseman; Alvin E. DeMerit, outfielder; and George E. Greenwood, center fielder.  William Latsch, third baseman; Nelson H. Falk, first baseman; Charles S. Greenwood, outfielder; and Herman J. Setz, shortstop, and standing is William Penn, who managed the squad.


Only half of the team members shown in the picture are still living.  Putnam is a salesman working out of Chicago; Everson, George Greenwood, and Setz are here in Lake Mills, and Latsch is at London. Old-timers still recall the exploits of the Grays, who met and conquered some of the best teams in this section of the state and helped put Lake Mills on the map as a rip-snorting baseball town.   Lake Mills Leader article of 01 08 1942 includes photo



                Watertown team consider best in league; those with difference with players, lay it aside   WG


        Watertown Champions, Milwaukee City League, 1910





Field and fans in stands at Washington park


-- --         BITTNER’S TEAM

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Watertown, champions of the Milwaukee City league for the season of 1910, will again be a member of the local semi-pro organization this year.


This information was given out by R. Hahn, secretary of the club, on Sunday,


There have been reports of late that Watertown would sever its relations with the City league this season and was going to affiliate with a new organization.  All these stories apparently originated from the prospective organizers, however.


At a meeting of prominent businessmen and baseball fans held at Watertown Saturday evening everyone was in favor of remaining with the Milwaukee City league.  The matter of joining another league was brought up but was quickly turned down.


A committee was appointed to be present at the next league meeting in this city in order to renew the franchise.


Reports show that Watertown enjoyed a prosperous season last year and bigger things are expected in 1911.  The team promises to be as strong as ever, for all of the 1910 champions promise to return to the fold.   WG  [Milwaukee Sentinel, Feb. 27]


03 23        Watertown Catcher Gets Offer From Brewers — Lester Ruedig, star third baseman of the Watertown club in the Milwaukee City League, will travel in faster company this season.  Ruedig has signed a contract with the Madison club of the Wisconsin-Illinois League.  Another Watertown player is considering an offer from the Milwaukee team.  Herman Bahr, the young catcher of the Watertown club, has received an offer from manager Jimmy Barrett and he is undecided whether to accept or not.  Bahr is 19 years of age and weighs 165 pounds.  He hit .340 in the City League last season.  Bahr has a good position at Watertown and hates to give it up for the chance of making good in professional baseball.   WG 


05 04       The Bee-Dee Co. team opened the season with a victory by defeating the strong Northwestern College team on the college campus by the score of 6 to 3.  George Richards did the twirling for the Bee-Dees and pitched first class ball while Miller did good work behind the bat.  Berg, Masch and Mahnke were the batteries for the college boys.  Unfortunately the stunt Creuz tried to perform and pick up the ball with his teeth turned out to be a fizzle and allowed the N. W. C. team their runs, who might have left the diamond with but one run to their credit had it not been for this incident.   WG 


07 06       Seventeen hundred sweltering fans packed the south side park Tuesday afternoon and watched the Kosciuskos, the crack Polish team, slaughter the champion Watertown by a score of 16 to 5 . . . When Jack Howey sent out a screeching double to the fence off Heimerl in the fifth, the once famous portsider was chased from the rubber.  George Richards, who relieved him, was not treated any better, however, and after the Poles had scored eight times in two innings he was also derricked [sent to the gallows: from Derrick, name of a celebrated hangman].  Manager Bill Richards then finished the game . . .   WG 




Monday evening a meeting of the Watertown baseball team was held at the Washington house, and matters pertaining to baseball the coming season were discussed.  One of the principal things discussed was the probability of Watertown entering the Lake Shore League.  Clarence Klocksin, president of that league, has written the following letter to "Mike" Davy, manager of the Watertown team:


"I write to advise you of several matters pertaining to the Lake Shore league's circuit for the coming season.  As I told you when at Watertown, if we decided to take a Chicago club into our league it would be practically impossible to also take in Watertown, as we could then arrange our circuit better by adding Waukegan, Ill., or Kenosha, Wis. However, the matter of our going into Chicago is far from settled and especially if we finally secure the Milwaukee American Association club's open dates at Athletic park about, which the present fight with our league and the Wisconsin-Illinois league has centered itself; it being the Milwaukee club's wish that if we are given the open dates at Athletic park, that we stay out of Chicago, as they are of the opinion that the National Baseball Commission might impose a heavy fine on them if they gave us their park under such conditions, as both of Chicago's big league clubs might make a complaint to the National Commission after our season is under way.  At the present writing I think we will secure the Athletic park, but we don't care very much which way the deal goes.  If they want to give the park to us we will of course take it, and if they don't we will have our own park.


Now figuring that we will not enter Chicago, we could then make a strong circuit by including only six clubs, namely Watertown, Kosciuskos (Milwaukee), Weinbrenners (Milwaukee), Port Washington, Sheboygan and Manitowoc. Such a circuit would be an assured money maker and one which must be given close consideration.  I suggest this merely for your advice and what you think of such a combination.  A six club league can be managed much easier than an eight club one and the race is always more interesting as the clubs are generally bunched more than in a league of eight clubs.  At least we have found the six club league to work out favorably, and I believe that a circuit like above stated with a good championship race would result in a banner year, financially as well as in the other departments of the game."



There was an enthusiastic meeting of baseballists at the city hall last Monday evening, which was called to order by Will Richards, manager of the team in 1911.  Chas. A. Kohn and R. M. Hahn officiated at the meeting as president and secretary.  By a unanimous vote of all present “Mike" Davy, proprietor of the Watertown Dye Works, was chosen manager of the 1912 team, and he said as the boys seemed to want him to undertake the pleasant task, he would put forth his best energies to make baseball in Watertown this year popular with all classes of people.


A vote of thanks was extended Will Richards for his excellent services as manager during the year 1911.  R. M Hahn was elected secretary and treasurer of the club, which position he has so acceptably filled for several years.  H. A. Kronitz was elected captain of the club, Fred Hinze manager of the grounds, Ernst Leschinger was elected ticket seller and Fred Hinze ticket taker.  Fred Hinze was elected chairman of the finance committee and Herman E. Krueger and Chas. A. Hinze his assistants.  Jesse Theobold, formerly of the Madison State League, "Nig" Abler of Milwaukee and "Roxy” Walther are being considered as pitchers for the present season.   WG 



                    Watertown Champions, Milwaukee City League, 1912



Fence-Smashing Backstop of the Goslings Signs Up with Marinette - Herman Bahr, catcher for the Watertown team, has accepted a fine offer from the Marinette baseball team of the Upper Peninsula-Wisconsin league and will leave for that place Saturday.  Bahr is one of the best catchers Watertown has ever had and is very popular among the fans, who will be sorry to learn that he is to leave.  He is a clean, gentlemanly player, of good habits, and all his friends are confident that he will make good.  He may prove to be a serious loss to the Goslings, as his heavy clouting has won many games for the Watertown team, which has many poor batters on its list.  Bahr showed up in fine form in its opening game of the season this year and if he keeps up in his present form, we predict, it will not be long before he is traveling in big company.  The Gazette joins his many friends in wishing him success and good luck in his new position.   WG 



Herman Bahr, formerly of this city, has been signed with the Milwaukee Brewers baseball club.  Bahr no doubt will make good in that club as he was one of the best ball players Watertown has ever had.   WG 



In the account of the game last Friday between the Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City, the Milwaukee Sentinel says of Bahr:  "In the ninth the Brewers threw a scare into the enemy but nothing resulted.  [Tom] Jones singled to right with one dead, but Schalk fanned.  [Herman] Bahr, the stocky Dutchman from Watertown, who knocked down so many fences in the City League last season that Dick Marcan chased him out of the league to keep the organization out of bankruptcy courts, was then trotted out for first inspection.  The kid let the first go by and then rammed a pretty single to left, putting Tom on second.  With Nemo up, [pitcher] Big Bill's expansive pins began to tickle, but he fussed and fumed and finally fanned [struck out] the kid."   WG 



Great Battle in City League Lost by Watertown after Great Struggle


On Sunday, in one of the greatest battles ever seen at White City Park, Milwaukee, lasting through sixteen innings, the Everwear Hosierys, the fast west side team, downed the husky Watertown aggregation, the City League leaders, 3 to 2.  It was Watertown's first appearance there this season and a monster crowd turned out for the fray.


When Jerry Paulson of the Everwears stepped to the plate in the last half of the sixteenth and smashed out a double to left, the stands roared.  But Honegger, who followed, fanned, while Bunte grounded out.  It was now up to manager Mike Neuens and the noisy leader, after having two called on him, cracked a Texas leaguer to center on which Paulsen raced home with the winning run.


`Lindauer and Leonard Aubey, the opposing twirlers, pitched the most brilliant ball of their careers and the two backstops, Esch and Hornickle, caught in big league style.  Aubey, though touched up for twelve hits, struck out twenty men, while Lindauer allowed but nine safeties and fanned fourteen. Score . . .   WG 


08 22       2500 FANS AND FANETTES SEE 1 TO 0 GAME

Clarence Esch, crack catcher of the Everwear Hosierys, broke up a sensational ten inning game at Washington Park on Sunday, when he drove the ball over the right field fence for a homer, which gave his team a 1 to 0 victory over the league leaders.  The Everwears are now within close range of Watertown for the city league pennant.  The game was a thriller and the 2500 fans and fanettes yelled themselves hoarse.  Lefty Lindauer and Len Aubey again faced each other on the mound and covered themselves with glory.  Lindauer was effective against the Watertown sluggers this time.  Only four safeties were secured off him and eleven men fanned.  Aubey was in his usual good form, for he allowed the Hosierys but four hits and got six via the strikeout route.  Score . . .  WG 




Monday evening a meeting of the Watertown baseball team was held at the Washington House and matters pertaining to baseball for the coming season were discussed.  One of the principal things discussed was the probability of Watertown entering the Lake Shore League.  Clarence Klocksin, president of that league, has written the following letter to "Mike" Davy [Davey], manager of the Watertown team:


"I write to advise you of several matters pertaining to the Lake Shore League's circuit for the coming season.  As I told you when at Watertown, if we decided to take a Chicago club into our league it would be practically impossible to also take in Watertown, as we could then arrange our circuit better by adding Waukegan, III., or Kenosha, Wis.


However, the matter of our going into Chicago is far from settled and especially if we finally secure the Milwaukee American Association club's open dates at Athletic Park about which the present fight with our league and the Wisconsin-Illinois league has centered itself; it being the Milwaukee club's wish that if we are given the open dates at Athletic Park that we stay out of Chicago, as they are of the opinion that the National Baseball Commission might impose a heavy fine on them if they gave us their park under such conditions, as both of Chicago's big league clubs might make a complaint to the National Commission after our season is under way.


At the present writing I think we will secure the Athletic Park, but we don't care yery much which way the deal goes.  If they want to give the park to us we will of course take it, and if they don't, we will have our own park.


Now figuring that we will not enter Chicago, we could then make a strong circuit by including only six clubs, namely Watertown, Kosciuskos (Milwaukee), Weinbrenners (Milwaukee), Port Washington, Sheboygan and Manitowoc.  Such a circuit would be an assured money maker and one which must be given close consideration.  I suggest this merely for your advice and what you think of such a combination.  A six club league can be managed much easier than an eight club one and the race is always more interesting as the clubs are generally bunched more than in a league of eight clubs.  At least we have found the six club league to work out favorably, and I believe that a circuit like above stated with a good championship race would result in a banner year, financially as well as in the other departments of the game."   WG 



Plans are being made to organize a Tri-County Baseball league.  A number of cities are interested in such a league and undoubtedly before the baseball season closes local fans will have a chance of seeing some classy games.  The cities considered to form the league are Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Watertown, Lake Mills, Beaver Dam, Columbus, Waterloo and Palmyra.— Fort Atkinson Union.    WG 



At meeting of baseballists held at the city hall last Tuesday evening it was decided that the Watertown team will stay in the city league the present year.  Bert W. Smith presided at the meeting.  F. W. Heinze was appointed chairman of the finance committee to solicit funds for the coming year, and Alderman R. M. Hahn, City Assessor Herman Krueger, E. W. Feldschneider and John Bruegger were appointed to assist him.  Dr. T. F. Shinnick, R. M. Hahn and Pete Kronitz were appointed to go to Milwaukee to confer with the president and league managers regarding better baseball teams the coming season than were played last season.  M. Davy, the efficient manager of the Watertown baseball team, declined to serve another year, stating that his business affairs required his entire attention.   WG 


05 23       Chicago White Sox vs Watertown Goslings at Washington Park



-- --           PENNANT WINNERS


Hahn, George Henke, Anweiller, Schumann, Koenig, Lewandowski, Hinze, Kronitz, Nowack, Dohr, Hornickle.



Herman Wertheimer, Otto Wegemann and Charles A. Gamm have been elected board of directors for the 1914 Watertown baseball club.  Peter Kronitz has been elected manager of the Watertown baseball club.   WG



Watertown is the champion of the Milwaukee City League for the season of 1914.  By winning a sensational thirteen inning battle in the closing game of the season from the Makers Shops on Sunday at Washington Park, 1 to 0, the Kronitz machine clinched the flag, finishing one-half a game ahead of Beaver Dam.  The Beavers won their game with the Bernhardts and finished runners up, while the Leaders, by trimming East Troy, wound up in third place.


The struggle between Watertown and the Makers Shops will be long remembered.  Both teams fought desperately for every inch of ground and Watertown finally won out in their half of the thirteenth.


Rube Felsecker and Bert Anweiler hooked up in one of the prettiest pitchers’ duels ever witnessed in the Gosling city.  For twelve rounds the two hurlers were going at top speed and up to this time neither team was able to bring a single counter over.  But in the thirteenth the Kronitz pets managed to squeeze in a lone tally without even getting a semblance of a hit.  Lewandowski walked, with one out and stole second.  Anweiler sent a grounder down to Meyers, who kicked it and then threw wild at first, Lewandowski raced home with the run that meant victory and incidentally the pennant for Watertown . . .  WG


10 29       Pete Kronitz, manager of the Watertown baseball team, gave a banquet at the Washington House Sunday evening to the members of the team and the board of directors.  Seated at the festive board were Ex-Mayor Herman Wertheimer as toastmaster, and at his right sat C. A. Gamm, member board of directors; Fred Hinze, grounds keeper; H. W. Kronitz, manager; R. M. Hahn, fielder; Arthur Powers, fielder; F. A. Lewis, pitcher; Alfred Dohr, shortstop; Walter Nowack, second baseman; and at his left Otto Wegemaan, member of board of directors; V. P. Kaub, scorer; Otto Schumann, fielder; Henry Schumann, third baseman; Erwin Hornickle, catcher; George Lewandowski, fielder; George Henke, fielder; Franz Koenig, first baseman.  The Saxophone Orchestra furnished music for the occasion and nearly everyone present joined in the speech making at the close of the banquet.  It was a decidedly pleasant gathering and Manager Kronitz and his amiable wife are certainly to be congratulated on the excellence of the menu served.   WG




At the baseball meeting at the city hall last Thursday evening Mayor Kading presided and the following officers were elected:  H. W. Kronitz, manager; R. M. Hahn, secretary and treasurer; H. Wertheimer, Chas. A Gamm and O. A. Wegemann directors.  The meeting was well attended and was a most enthusiastic one.    WG


09 10       Chicago Cubs hosted by Watertown Goslings of the Central State League at Washington Park




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      Prove Their Superiority Over Single Men


Who says that the married men are not good for something after all?  Didn’t they beat the single men in a ball game Sunday at the annual Landfahrt [a rural excursion] held in Knispel’s grove.  However, the Turners weren’t satisfied with one game and so had two.  The first one was won by the married men from the single men by a score of 14 to 10.  Emil Tanck, who is noted for his fair and square decisions, was umpire.  Quite a sensational catch was made in the afternoon’s game by Geo. Kunert, who had to go over a fence for a ball while three men were on bases.  The afternoon’s game was a “scrub" game and resulted in a score of 16 to 10.


Besides the enjoyment offered by the ball game everyone had a fine time at the “eats,” swimming and fishing.  The cooks were O. Rose and F. Beerbaum.  Several group pictures were taken in the afternoon.  A band concert was furnished by the Turner band of fifteen pieces.



For more than a year we have been reading about the effect of the European unpleasantness on the cost of food and everything pertaining to life and the pursuit of happiness, from the dye that discolors “milady’s” hair to the leather beneath her heel; from the curtains on the front door to the garbage can on the back porch. 


But as far as ascertained, no one has yet used the war as an alibi for raising the price of baseball to the fans, although the cost of producing and staging the sport has been increased by the belligerents across the water.


One can watch a ball game for the same old two-bits or $2 . . . as before the war.  Yet the cost of the paraphernalia needed for the spectacle has been increased perceptibly.


Uniforms Cost More.


Start with the uniforms, which have to be of special weave and extra quality to stand the strain of sliding along rough base lines and resisting the sharp spikes of opponents.  Everybody knows that wool has advanced in value to a great degree since the war broke loose.  If everybody does not know it he hasn’t talked to his tailor recently.  The same ingredients are used in manufacturing the sweaters and the stockings, and here enters the matter of dyestuffs which have reached the vanishing point in some colors if we can believe the magazine writers, or what the manufacturers tell them.


Perhaps you have noticed that traveling uniforms in the major leagues are more often gray than they used to be, several teams having discarded blue suits by advice of the uniform makers.  Still it is almost imperative to retain the distinctive colors of stockings and sweaters, particularly in such teams as the Red Sox, the Browns, and the Reds.  Comiskey is lucky again in that the cost of dyes does not enter into the color scheme of his White Sox.


Gloves and Shoes Up Also.


Gloves and shoes worn by players require a lot of leather, and what has happened to the cost of producing leather since the war began is something awful, if you listen to the boot seller when you start kicking about the increased cost of footwear.  And the ball players’ mitts and gloves must be of just the correct quality or he will begin to make errors by the score.


Catcher’s masks require steel of the very best quality, and in order to get it the makers of masks have to compete with the nations of Europe, who have been bidding against each other to increase the dividends on steel common.  Even the spikes on the players’ shoes are affected by the cost of steel.  And as for the bats, while the war has not found much use for the particular kind of timber out of which they are made, still it requires steel tools to turn them out.


Baseball at Same Price.


Baseballs themselves are composed of cork, woolen yarn, and rubber on the inside and horsehide on the outside.  Every one of those ingredients has been affected by the demands of the warring nations.  Yet baseballs cost no more than formerly, and Prexy Weeghman of the Clubs has adopted a plan that will not prove popular with other club owners of giving away to his patrons all the baseballs that are fouled into the stands during a game.


A veteran maker of baseballs once told me he could get out of a whole horse hide cover for only eight first-class baseballs.  The reason he gave was that only a small portion of the equine epidermis was of a thickness and texture sufficiently uniform to be used.  Some other parts of the hide may be utilized in covering inferior qualities of baseballs for the kiddies, but only the best is used for [the] major league. 


The war has taken thousands of horses out of America and reduced the supply of baseball covers, with a consequent increase of cost.  Even if the makers send to Europe for the hides of the horses that are killed in battle, there is the greater cost of bringing them back across the water.       The Watertown Republican



                PETER J. NORTON, OLD-TIME BALL PLAYER, Passes Away

Peter J. Norton, who died Wednesday night at his residence, 427 Wisconsin Avenue, in Oak Park, was the organizer, captain and one of the great players of the Dreadnaught team, which was the leading baseball nine of Chicago in the late sixties.  That was before the professional White Stocking team won the first championship for Chicago in 1870.  “Pete” was also one of the organizers and directors of the Old Timers’ Baseball association and President Joe Lawler and other of its members will act as active pallbearers at the funeral tomorrow morning at 10 o’clock from St. Edmund’s Church, Oak Park and Pleasant avenues.  The interment will be at Calvary.   [Chicago, Feb. 10, 1923]


My Dear Jim:


The above is from the Chicago Daily News, 9th inst.


I’ll never forget the first real game of baseball I ever saw in Watertown.  “Pete” Norton pitched, John T. Flavin, Percy Werlich and George Matthes were on the “Live Oak” team at that time, they played the “Rock Rivers” of Jefferson.  I was nine or ten, the uniforms made such an impression on me that I can see them vividly to this day.


The game was played on the Commons, near the C. & N. W. Ry. north of Lafayette Street.  “Pete” was the hero of the day; the kids all tried to imitate him after that game.  Up to that time the only game I knew was “one old cat” and “two old cats” as played at the “Deestrict” schools.


J. T. McGiveran


John T. McGiveran, the writer of this above, and a former Watertown boy, never allows anything to “go by” of interest to Watertown people, hence sent the above to The Gazette editor, his old time friend.




     Plan program in connection with opening games


The proposed new grandstand, discussed for some time as an urgent necessity at the municipal stadium, is to become a reality.  At its meeting Tuesday night the city council approved the recommendation of the Washington park commission for the erection of such a stand.


The bid for the erection of the grandstand had previously been let to the Watertown Construction Co. [Mass Bros] which agreed to build the stand for the sum of $1,555.


Work on the stand is to begin at once and it is planned to have it ready within a few weeks.  The stand will be used for the first time the first part of August and the Washington park commission consisting of Aldermen Carey, Bublitz and Glatzel have worked out a plan to hold a booster celebration in connection with the event.  It is planned to play a doubleheader that Sunday.  The date is to be announced later.  The advance sale of tickers will begin soon and those in charge hope that every fan will be back of the move to put this game across.


The American Legion team and the city team will play one of the games.  It is also planned to have Mayor J. E. McAdams on the lot to take part in the program.


Both the American Legion band and the Watertown city band will be secured to furnish the music and in baseball annals here the event will be one of the biggest and most important in years. 


The grandstand is to fill a long-felt want.  It will be the best obtainable for the purpose it is to serve and will greatly add to the pleasure of baseball fans when it is ready for use.     WDT



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Plans drawn by Arthur Kuenzi, engineer (with Otto Biefeld Co., later Biefeld president)


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Description automatically generated    George Herman Ruth, better known as “Babe” Ruth, king of swat, passed through Watertown with a party of friends this morning. 


The Babe came through in a closed car from Beloit on Highway 26 and passed through Main Street from the intersection of Main and Third streets and along West Main Street to Highway 26. 


The party was on its way to Oshkosh and from there they will go to Ironwood, Michigan.


Police officers met the party and escorted them through the city.  They arrived here at 8:25 a.m. 


Word of their arrival in Watertown was sent to Chief of Police Charles Pieritz and hardly anyone was aware of the Babe passing through town.



1928       Booth Shoes, Pennant Winners, Industrial League

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1930 &’40s 


The Goslings used Washington Park for their home field and the Hiawatha’s used the Hiawatha diamond as their home field.


The Hiawatha’s home field was on South Third Street, just south of the railroad tracks and east of South Third.  Home plate and third base were pretty much parallel to the tracks, with first base to the south and then second base following the line between home plate and the pitcher’s mound.  A large area back there and was before the Lindberg plant was expanded.  Deep center field was out by the Crosby Squares Shoe Company (today it’s Johnson Diversey) and hitting that building took a monumental swing.  Bill Schumann, the superintendent of the shoe factory at the time and a big sports fan himself, liked it when the building was struck by a home run.  A memory is that “if someone broke a window in the place from a home run old Bill Schumann would not only have the window repaired, he would give the hitter a free pair of the company’s best shoes!”


The Hiawathas were owned by Clem Schoechert, the proprietor of the Hiawatha Bar, a block south of the tracks on the corner of Hyland Street and River Drive.  He was quite a character and an important factor in the history of baseball in Watertown.


Cross Reference:  Clem Schoechert, Chef

01 18 1967:  It’s back to the kitchen for Clem Schoechert, Watertown salesman and former owner and operator of the Hiawatha Bar.  About this time of the year Mr. Schoechert reverts to being a chef for a short time and so he will spend the next two weekends preparing several big dinners — one private and the other public.  The private dinner is Sunday, Jan. 22 at Andy Anderson’s place at Sharon, Wis., where he will prepare a venison-sauerbraten dinner for 125 sportsmen who will gather there for the affair.  But the big public dinner will be prepared by Mr. Schoechert at Tony Wagner’s Dugout Tavern at Lannon, Wis., on Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28 and 29 when Clem has charge of the big annual moose dinner which is a regular feature there.   WDT


    Hi-Spots Baseball team, served as a feeder team for the Hiawathas


Later the Goslings and the Hiawathas combined their efforts and ultimately the Watertown Cardinals were the team that resulted.   WDTimes article


1935       AMERICAN LEGION POST 189 baseball champs

    Erv Buchert, Henry Maltz, Pete Doerr, Jip Neubauer, Zem[?] Hady, Bill Beisner, Clarence Schuman, Chirp Dollase, Don Bittner (mgr), Chet Hady, Chet Blaese, Paul Hoppe, Art Zielsdorf, Harold Jahn, John Biefeld.  [link to chapter on American Legion]  







Doris Tetzlaff [″Tetz″] (Jan 1, 1921 – Apr 11, 1998) was an infielder and chaperone in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.  Little is known about this woman who played different roles during ten years in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. A native of Watertown, Wisconsin, Tetzlaff came from a family of German origin. She was a valuable utility, playing mainly at third base for five different teams from 1944 through 1948.  Online article




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William Fitzgerald, George Hackbarth, Vernon Erdman, Edwin Lucas, Milton Engel, Robert Bush, Don Marek, Don Gerth, Howard Stallman, Joseph Fendt, Melvin Wagner, Forrest Melius[1], Peter Euper Jr., William “Chirp” Dollase. Bat Boy William Dollase Jr.    [1] F W Melius Distributing Co, 205 S. Second








     Won by the Seventh ward playground team. 


Ronald Feder, Dean Duddeek, Kenneth Lueck, Richard Block, Richard Tietz, Kenneth Smith, Jerome Hady and Kenneth Butzine, Bernard (Stoney) Luther (coach); Francis Godfrey, Don Tietz, Richard Nowatzki (who assisted in coaching), Kenneth Boeder, Paul Hady and Jerome (Zem) Hady (coach).





Diplomas awarded at the Moose hall to nearly two dozen youngsters who completed their baseball training at the boys’ baseball school.


Erwin L. Buchert, who presided; Ray Kern, director; Fred Hoffman, Charles Johannsen, Floyd Shaefer and Charles Kading; Dean Van Ness, city manager; and William Dollase, coach.


Herman Schumacher, coach; Elmer Strehlow, umpire; Richard Woelffer, Allen Worden, Leon Gans, Thomas Hargraves, Kenneth Boeder and Kermit A. Biefeld and Bernard E. Luther, coaches, Gilbert Tietz, umpire; Thomas Lange, Jerome Hady, Merle Zastrow, Kay Buchert, Kenneth Butzine, and Jerome Hady, coach, Edward Dusowsky, umpire; Robert Block, Robert Lundy, David Bentzin, Robert Burbach, Myron Jahnke, Niki Kiessling, Ronnie Braunschweig, Glenn Braunschweig, umpires; and Don Jahn who assisted in the coaching.


Umpires unable to attend the banquet were Earl Maas, George Kuckkahn, Wayne Wendt and Robert Schauer.  Boys who were unable to be present to included: Lawrence Rowald, James Krueger, and Glen Goecke.












Riverside park team in the Boy's baseball school won school championship by defeating Union park


Roger Block, A. Christenson, Toby Tesch, Bob Tesch, C. Buchert, K. Krueger, R. Fernholz, Don Fendt, Russ Block, Jim David, L. Bleecker, R. Eicksted, R. Korth, Erv. Buchert (coach), E. Wiedenhoeft, R. Plenge, C. Halverson, _ Ruegg, and K. Buchert (coach).




Comprised of players from Clark, Union, Washington and Lincoln parks, defeated the champion Riverside park team in the school’s annual star game at Washington park.


Coach Herman Schumacher, John Wright, Tom Kuckkahn, John Westermeyer, Al Koser, Mike Mullen, Bob Willman, Phil Hertel and Coach Chet Hady.

Coach John Scullin, Roger Rothschadl, Bob Kohloff, Bruce Kasten, Roger Theder, Jerry Caine, Dave Pirkel, Jim Schumacher.

Coach Neil Fellensbee, Bill Summers, Dan Zeiner, Larry Rehbaum, Duke Appenfeldt, Coach George Kuckkahn and Coach Kermit Biefeld.




Rex’s Beer Depot won the championship of the major fast pitch softball league the summer of 1953


Al Rex, sponsor, Joe Cuccia, Dave Balmer, Don Zimmermann and Lou Kuckkahn, Bob Schramm, Gene West, Bill Rex, batboy, Chuck Haseleu and Roger Schleif.  Others on the team were Jack Kern, Bob Madzar, Leroy Tesch, Ken Baneck, Bob Stallman and Don Drost.


11 08       AL LINDE

Al Linde, son of Fire Chief Al Linde of the Watertown Fire Department, ended his career in softball by being named to the all-star team of the world tournament which was held in Miami, Fla., recently.  Linde, who plays with the Dow Chemicals, of Midland, Mich., was selected for the left field position in the all-star array.  He has competed in seven world tourneys and is considered one of softball's greatest performers.  He has been a player for 23 years.




Webb Schultz, Delavan, league president, Ed Blank, Jefferson, league treasurer, Billy Bruton, Milwaukee Braves outfielder, Clem Schoechert, team sponsor, and Billy Fitzgerald, team manager.



01 06       A good looking, tall, slim blond young man captivated a good-sized audience at the Turner Hall last evening.  “Captivated” isn’t quite the right word, especially as applied to the effect he had on that part of his audience between the ages of eight to 13 years — these he positively “mesmerized!”  This person was none other than the Milwaukee Braves’ famed pitcher, Lou Burdette.  He appeared here under the sponsorship of the Immanuel Lutheran Brotherhood, but his appearance at gatherings of this kind is made possible through the good graces of the Miller Brewing Company of Milwaukee, and Bob Klink, local distributor, Miller High Life beer.  It is well known that the Miller Company is intensely interested in promoting national sports in Wisconsin, and to say that Lou did a good job for them in Watertown is putting it mildly.  His modest manner, friendly disposition, and unconcerned way of expressing himself, won over his audience from the start.  He opened the program by telling something about himself.  It was revealed that he did not attend college but quit to begin his baseball career.  This career was interrupted by military service.  His advice to the “kids” was that they take care of themselves physically and get all the education they can because both are necessary as preparation to a “big league” career.


He went on to tell of some of his experiences in the Coast League and later with the Yankees, and finally with the Braves.  He also showed the movie, “The Milwaukee Story,” which covered the 1953 season of the Braves from their spring training, through their most enthusiastic welcome from Milwaukee for the opening game, through their undreamed of successful season, to its dramatic conclusion.  The film was narrated by Miller’s announcer Earl Gillespie, and really covered the highlights of “the most remarkable thing that has happened in baseball” for 50 years, the Milwaukee Braves.


1955       THE 1955 STATE CHAMPION Watertown High School Baseball Team

The Watertown Goslings won the state baseball championship.  It was the first time for such an achievement.  A planned article will document the occasion by commemorating the team and team players.  The author, Dave Stalker, researched the newspaper clippings and box score's associated with each game and contacted most of the championship team members so to add updating information and perspective.





08 23       The annual Boys Baseball School all-star classic will be played at Washington Park Saturday night and the star team has been selected to meet the champion Riverside Park club.  The all-star squad includes Bob Polensky, Russell Marcks, Jim Hady, Ron Newman, Dick Seeber and Don Wolf of Clark, Pat Weber, Don Zimmermann, Rich Crupi, Dick Schuman and Tom Torkelson of Lincoln, Jim Cahoon, Jim Pirkel, Dave Engelbrecht, Lee Domfeldt and Tom Theder of Union and Kent Schroeder, Lynn Schroeder, Don Gorder and John Goethe of Washington.




Watertown boys between the ages of 16 to 21 years old are in for “Big League” schooling and try-outs this summer. The Watertown Daily Times is inaugurating its first annual “Silver Sluggers” baseball program with the cooperation of the Milwaukee Braves. One or more boys who participate in the Watertown “Silver Sluggers” try-outs and school will be named to the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan All Star squad; and compete in the “Silver Sluggers” All Star game, Tuesday, Aug. 7, at the Milwaukee County Stadium following a Braves-Cub afternoon tilt. The program was originated by the Milwaukee Sentinel and has the participation of leading Wisconsin and Upper Michigan daily newspapers.   WDT


11 08       Watertown Cardinals received Central Wisconsin League grand championship pennant and first place trophy.   WDT



07 06       The Watertown Cardinals will hold a full dress practice session at Washington Park tonight at 8 o'clock to set final plans for participation in the district tourney at Oconomowoc. Manager Erv Buchert has selected his tournament squad. On the roster are: infielders, Glenn Braunschweig, Jack Bast, Al Maas, Lou Kuckhan and Dave Balmer; outfielders, Mel Wagner, Bob Schultz, Dave Veldhuizen and Mike Mullen; catchers, Jerry Rabbach and Don Hartwig (Fort Atkinson); pitchers, Don Schmidt, Jim Thompson, Ronnie Braunschweig and Penny Dittman; utility, Dan O'Brien (Fort Atkinson).



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11 01       Rich Block recognized for more than four decades of work with the Watertown Cardinals   WDT



06 20       Softball diamond tarpaulin, Riverside Park   WDT



03 23       Watertown Cardinals reinstated in Central Wisconsin League's northern division    WDT


07 11       Rich Block, Cardinal shortstop, named to Central Wisconsin League's all-star squad   WDT




Fair weather smiled on the Watertown Jaycees as their 7th annual invitational slow pitch softball tournament opened at Riverside Park today with an enrollment of 51 teams.  Tournament play started at 1 o’clock this afternoon with Mayor Robert P. White slated to toss out the first ball officially launching the meet.  Action was to continue through the day and tonight.  Midland of Watertown is the defending champion of the 14-inch division while Hank’s Tavern of Milwaukee is the 12-inch champ.   WDT



08 14       DON BITTNER

Don Bittner has to stretch himself and include his baseball cap to attain five feet three and a half inches in stature but he’s Mr. Big in baseball and softball scoring in this sports minded city.  The little guy is an expert in the realm of RBI’s, ERA’s and the other symbols and statistics that are often gobbledygook to the average fan but are mighty important to the baseballer.  And he can claim a lot of experience.  His career in the realm of sports scoring dates back a long 41 years to 1924.




The 12th annual Jaycee Invitational slowpitch softball tournament gets under way at Riverside Park Saturday with a husky enrollment of 71 teams, including 10 from Watertown.  The tourney will start with two games at 11 a.m. and his honor, Mike Bentzin, mayor of Watertown, will loft the first pitch to get the meet rolling.  A total of 22 games is scheduled to be played Saturday afternoon and evening and 18 more contests are slated for Sunday as the eliminations in the two divisions continue.  The 10 local teams in the tournament are Club 19, Melius (2 teams), Bowl-A-Fun, Rock River Co-op, Judge Alice, Strege’s, Veldhuizen Vending, Lindberg Hevi-Dutry and Timmel’s Bar.     WDT




Ten Watertown teams are slated to compete for the trophies and prize money in the 13th annual Watertown Jaycees Slowpitch Softball tournament which begins Saturday at Riverside Park. The local teams participating include Veldhuizen Vending, Jensch Auto Supply, Strege's Super Market, Timmel's Tap, the Nibble Nook, Sunset Bar, Durant Manufacturing, Bowl-A-Fun, Riverview Tavern and Grocery, and Judge-Alice's. One team, Timmel's Tap, is scheduled to play in both the 12" and 14" divisions. A total of 83 teams, 12 more than last year's record 71, are scheduled to participate in the meet. Because of the greater enrollment, both lighted diamonds at Riverside are to be used.    WDT




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Tom Lees, co-chairman of the tourney, displays some of the awards that will be presented to winning teams in the annual event which opens Saturday at Riverside Park




Held at Washington park.  Hustisford High won the championship, beating Columbus.    Scroll forward through 10 images in portfolio  



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Young baseball talent from southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois got some baseball knowledge at a Cincinnati Reds tryout camp held at Johnson Creek.  The camp was conducted by Fred Goodman, Reds scout.  Goodman is shown with Rick Wagner of Sullivan and Steve Hotter of Jefferson.



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Four representatives of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club were in Watertown to meet with representatives of news media from a wide area around Watertown.  This was the fifth meeting of this kind around the state.  [L-R] Bill Sears, director of club promotion and publicity; Circuit Judge Rebert Cannon of Milwaukee, the principal speaker; Dick Hackett, director of ticket sales; and Bill Curley, manager of the news bureau,



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Dan Herbst of Watertown Wethonkitha eluded the tag of Racine Bob's catcher for an inside the park homer but Wethonkitha lost the game 9-7, in the Jaycee Slowpitch Invitational tourney.




Reunited on the playing field at recent Oldtimers game.  Braunschweig, Bob Schauer, Francis Pirkel, Herman Rohr, Gordon Madsen, John Knispel, Arnie Schultz, Glenn Braunschweig, Roy Block and Don Marek.  The Hiawathas were grand champions of the Central League in 1945 and again in 1953.



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Degner's downed Jensch's, 17-15, to annex the Classic League title.  Earlier this week they also won the National pennant.


Randy Schlesner, Fred Oestreich, George Engelke, Keith Fuchs, Lyle Borth, Dale Borth, Dale Lenius, Randy Strunz, Lee Klug, Bob Braasch, Milo Zwieg, Chris Tews, Jerry Wockenfuss, Lance Tews, Rich Wagner, Warren Braasch and Scott Turke.



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Maas Bros. Construction won the championship of the Junior Fast Pitch League by defeating Knick Agency.  Stephen Wallman, A. Kraemer, Bruce Pagel, Terry Reynolds, Steve Hoppe, Mike Weihert, D. Neubauer, Dan Wilkes, Mike Riedl, Willie Gasper.



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Winners were the Giants and Pirates, first place and fourth place all-star teams.  Dennis Schwenkner, Rocky Catman, Bob Bohlman, Junior Marten, Randy Busler, Kyle Koski, Keith Kieffer, Tom Fricke, Tom Wolter, Dan Reed, Jay Dietrich, David Wetzel, Jess Kleinschmidt, coach L. J. Herro




MILWAUKEE - The 1,511 persons from Watertown who attended the Milwaukee Brewers game Saturday night set a record for the largest local turnout for Watertown Night.  The evening began with several bus loads of Watertown residents tailgating at the stadium.  St. Bernard’s Boy Scout Troop #44, under the direction of Scoutmaster Jim Romlein, presented the colors before the game.  Duane Floyd, director of Beverly Terrace, threw out the first ball.  Beverly Terrace organized the largest group of persons attending the game from Watertown.    WDT



11 06       ELMER MARKS (Mr. Baseball) honored

Watertown’s Elmer Marks — Mr. Baseball to this area — will be honored for his 60 years of participation in amateur baseball at the Rock River League Oldtimers Association’s 10th annual Hall of Fame Dinner at Mayville Country Club Saturday.  Marks, 75, will receive the organization’s first ever “Lifetime Achievement Award.” Being honored with the same award will be Carl Heimerl of Jackson and Tony Notheis of Beaver Dam.   WDT



05 05       ROCK RIVER LEAGUE:  63rd SEASON

The Rock River League will open its 63rd season this weekend with 18 teams in two divisions.  The Ashippun Mudcats will return to defend their Grand Championship.  Also in the Southern Division are the Clyman Canners, Hustisford Astros, Johnson Creek Pioneers, Lebanon A’s, Madison Davis & Duehr, Madison Laurel Tavern, Neosho Rockets and the Watertown Cardinals.  The Northern Division will be comprised of the Brownsville Brownies, Fond du Lac Redbirds, Horicon Honkers, Juneau County Seaters, Kewaskum A’s, Oakfield Oaks, Rubicon Red Sox and Waupun.  Watertown will be managed by Corey Block this season.  Joining Block is his brother Rick and a bevy of other Watertown High School alumni including Aaron Buss, Jeff Hertel, Andy Kasten, Joe Parish, Lance Pirkel, Scott Pompe and Troy Schaefer.  Several of this year’s Gosling players are expected to join the team as well.   WDT



06 09       Watertown picked up right where it left off as the Division 1 state baseball championship game continued at Appleton’s Fox Cities Stadium this morning.  When play was suspended by inclement weather Thursday, the Goslings held a 6-1 lead in the fifth inning.  The lead would remain Watertown’s to clinch the title 7-2.  The Goslings’ Jesse Schwefel, who became eligible to pitch with the postponement of Thursday’s game, allowed an RBI groundout to the first Janesville batter he faced, as action picked up with runners on first and third.  Watertown scored an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning after two were out.  The Watertown speed contributed as Justin Munzel drew a two-out walk, stole second and scored on Ray Lauersdorf’s RBI single up the middle making it 7-2 Watertown.   WDT


06 10       Watertown’s baseball team was welcomed home after winning the WIAA Division 1 state baseball tournament Friday with a reception at Washington Park.  Watertown athletic director Ivan Thompson, head baseball coach Rusty Tiedemann, longtime fan Don Richards and several players addressed the fans assembled in the bleachers.  They celebrated the team’s second baseball title in school history, with the first one coming in 1955.  The only other state championship won by a WHS team was the girls’ basketball squad in 1977.   WDT



09 03       Jerry Peters is not ready to hang up his cleats yet, and the retirement party for the local softball pitcher has been put on hold.  His 39th year in softball was a tough one, but his 40th year is going well, and he now has his eye on another.  He was ready to quit last year after pain from arthritis hampered his game, but now his pitching is better and he is working on his hitting. WDT




CHIPPEWA FALLS — Much like baseball, softball is a game of numbers.  Watertown’s game Saturday at the Chippewa Falls Invitational against No. 1 ranked Appleton East was stuffed full of them.


— 5 hours, 58 minutes.

— 705 pitches.

— 188 at-bats.

— 5 runs.

— 31 hits.

— 11 errors.


When calculations became final, the result was a 27-inning affair, the 10th longest game in the history of high school softball in America, the longest game ever played in the state of Wisconsin.  Almost inconsequentially, Watertown lost 3-2.   WDTimes article








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Cross References:

Washington Park, chapter on, Merkle Field

Etched in Stone: A Lasting Tribute to the Deadball Era, by David Stalker

H.W. Kronitz, active in early day baseball in Watertown





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