Non-Major League Baseball
Silver Lake, about five miles from Akron, Ohio, became a popular resort in the late 1800s after a rail link connected it to Akron and Columbus. The resort featured a zoo, dance hall, roller coaster (right background), and ball field.
Baseball has inspired many musical compositions. Noted bandmaster John Philip Sousa appears here (front row center) with his baseball team.
Although developed in the northeastern United States, baseball's popularity spread through Latin America and parts of the Pacific and Asia in the 1800s. These three photographs document amateur teams from the 1910s. Players from Japan's Waseda University both toured the United States and competed against American teams in Japan. The pictorial schedule for the Chinese Base Ball Team of Honolulu, Hawaii, includes portraits of fifteen players The team won 103 of the 144 games they played in 1913.
- Honolulu ball team. Photographic print by Bain News Service, 1910 Sept. 2. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction numbers: LC-USZ62-119529 (b&w))
- Detail: Vernon L. Ayau
- "Chinese baseball team tour of the United States, 1913." Photographic print, copyright by Loo Tai Sing, 1914. (Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Reproduction numbers: LC-USZ62-97620 (b&w))
- Detail: Fred J. Markham
Estimating that 50,000 to 75,000 spectators would attend, the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper proclaimed that this amateur championship baseball game would draw "the greatest crowd...ever assembled for any event in Cleveland." The actual attendance of the game was closer to 85,000 people. The Strollers beat the other Cleveland team 8-3 in the third and deciding game (see photo above) and went on to compete for the national championship.