Beyond the river stretches the interminable prairie, where the fields of harvested wheat lie wrapped in slumber; . . . . The light stealing upon the broad shadows, first touches the tops of the prairie wagons. . . . Then, making more and more progress, it shines. . . and at last, in full glory of splendor, brings out the yellow of the cultivated fields and the course brown of the sandy soil.

~ Picturesque America, 1872

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Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

Reedley Deneens Baseball Team, circa 1905

This digital exhibit explores early baseball history in Fresno County. From recreation and sponsored teams to semiprofessional competition, Fresno embraced America’s pastime. Fireman’s Field at the Fresno Fairgrounds hosted annual games between the Fresno Police and Fire Departments. The Fresno Expositor and The Fresno Morning Republican sponsored teams and The Fresno Bee had a Playograph scoreboard to track the World Series. The Fresno Cubs were the first all African American team in Fresno and they played against Mexican and Nisei teams lead by Kenichi Zenimura. Fresno’s own Frank Chance, Hubert “Dutch” Leonard, and Tom Seaver went on to major league stardom. Click here to explore Take Me Out to the Ball Game!


This exhibit was made possible through the research and writing of archives volunteer Michael Wilson.

Last Updated Thursday, July 18, 2019 - 10:54 AM.