After my post on baseball at Gale, cousin Sandra e-mailed me two fascinating pieces from the early thirties involving her dad Ednar. The first is a humorous article on the Borreson twins, Edgar and Ednar, and how people mixed them up – and how they confused opposing teams too! I’ve cut and enlarged the article (source unknown) to make it easier to read.
The second piece comes from 1931, via Stella (Mrs. Ednar) Borreson who’d received it from Edgar and Edna Borreson in 1980. The folder title, which I’m not including for space reasons, reads: “Happy Memories of our Fitch Coulee Baseball Team – 1931 – In memory of players Milton & Adolf Hallingstad and manager & coach Manley Weaverstad – and player Ednar Borreson.” I know nothing more about it, but again, enjoy the enlarged and cropped copy.
Sorry if this is difficult to read, so let me lift up several interesting points. First, the battery of Borreson and Borreson (Ednar and Edgar) is mentioned in all five clips. Second, pitcher Ednar must have been a strike-out machine with 10, 16, and 16 strike-outs recorded in the three second-column games. Third, three Borresons appear in the box score of the North Branch game, with Bennie playing shortstop. And fourth, enjoy the names of the opposing, small-community teams: North Branch, Whitehall, Irvin Coulee, Welch Coulee, and Coral City (which we know is no city).
In 1931, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig were playing for the New York Yankees, and Hack Wilson of the Chicago Cubs signed for a huge $35,000 after batting in 191 runs in 1930. I understand that RBI record still stands. These same years, in the countryside around Fitch Coulee and among the Borresons, baseball was the game to play too. And no one worried about getting rich or famous.