The ground surface is so nearly level that you have no sense of contour. . . . It is not a former lake, although in large part it is a former swamp. Geology characteristically repeats itself around the world and down through time, but---with the possible exceptions of the Chilean Longitudinal Valley and the Dalbandin Trough in Pakistan---the Great Central Valley of California has no counterpart on this planet.

~ John McPhee, Assembling California

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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, November 14, 2019 - 11:57 PM.