1894: Let’s play ball | AspenTimes.com

1894: Let’s play ball

Aspen Times writer

The High School baseball club covered itself all over with glory Sunday afternoon when it defeated, by a score of 25 to 6, the Glenwood team composed of one or two good men from Leadville and new Castle, besides the crack players of Glenwood.The weather was fine and cool and both teams went to work in good spirits and first rate condition. Fred Howe was chosen umpire.Front the first it was the Aspen boys’ game and although the visitors played hard, the fates seemed to be against them. The large crowd that had assembled to witness the game were kept in a continual uproar by a series of brilliant plays. Scarcely a long distance ball sent into the field by the Glenwood team missed the hands of the Aspen fielders, Young Shilling doing remarkably fine work in the left field; he didn’t let one of them get away.The Aspen battery, Manley and Huston were too much for the Glenwood batters and base hits were scarce.Erb, of the Leadville team pitched for the Glenwood boys and he did his work quite creditably. In the second or third inning he came down to wipe off the home plate with Umpire Howe, but the little pitcher held the big bluffer until he got cooled off somewhat. Erb also distinguished himself by making the prettiest bat of the game, securing a home run. He received a liberal applause. The Aspen High School club can beat any nine of the Western slope and there is plenty of money in Aspen that says so.

The High Schools didn’t do a thing to ’em.Fred Howe makes an excellent umpire, and each side gets a square deal.With the exception of Erb’s bluff in the second, the game was a most pleasant one.The Glenwood boys couldn’t find the ball, and when they did they lost it among themselves.The High Schools have a nice little bank account now, and can accomodate most of the amateur clubs of the state.Boyle says the game the Glenwood amateurs ran up against Sunday would have shut the Aspen club out without a score.The Avalanche man had a large amount of “holler” left in him when he started for home, no chance to use it here being presented.If Glenwood wants to play another game at Aspen, she may by a little talking regarding ability get a game with the Aspen club.The people find that the crowd will be kept out of the way, that by paying for seats on the grand stand, they can see the game. Everybody takes the stand now.Glenwood had called in men from so many different places to help beat the little boys that their game was, so to speak, a combination of solos rather than a chorus.Hall is justly proud of his little nine, and they appreciate his kindly interest. He says he has a number of players who will be known to baseball enthusiasts in coming games.To single out any names in the High Schools would be unfair, they all played ball, some covered themselves with bright carmine, but the best part of it was they could all wear their regular caps after the game.

Morris Harris, the young man confined at the county jail on the charge of shooting Dingle at Emma, has recently developed a great deal of musical talent.He shouts and shrieks from morning till night, and one not familiar with the place would take it for a lunatic asylum. While the boy may not be crazy he certainly lacks considerable of being bright intellectually. Sheriff Hayes related an incident yesterday which illustrates this fact. While holding the prisoner at Aspen Junction waiting for the late Midland train, a party of men came and asked the sheriff if it was his intention to keep the boy there until the train arrived. Upon receiving an affirmative answer they advised him not to do so as there was talk of a mob being organized to lynch the prisoner. Instead of being at all frightened at this bit of news, the young man put his coat under his head, laid down on the floor and went to sleep.Morris Harris says he expects he will get a couple of years in the reform school, but he will learn a trade while there, and the shooting of Dingle will turn out to be the best thing that could have happened for him.

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