Ontario County: The Golden Age of Railroads and Baseball

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Ontario County: The Golden Age of Railroads and Baseball depicts much of Manchester, New York's, World War I and Depression-era history. Located among the finger lakes in Ontario County, Manchester is renowned for having once been home to the world's largest freight transfer yard. The Lehigh Valley Railroad provided the main source of employment for early Irish, Italian, and Syrian immigrants, as well as for many women in the community. In Manchester's heyday, attending Industrial League baseball gameswas a Sunday tradition for residents. The Manchester Railroaders, a semi-professional team, was one of the top teams in the Northeastern United States, playing such worthy opponents as the Brooklyn Bushwicks, the Bronx Giants, the Buffalo Bisons, the Rochester Kay Pee's, the Syracuse Brownlites, the Toronto Leafs, the Sayre Colemans, and the Elmira Artics. This visual tour highlights the achievements of such athletes as Brooklyn native Bill Segbers, who brought his Ebbett's Field experience to Manchester, and Johnny Boardman, who played againstBabe Ruth and the New York Yankees in a 1923 exhibition game. Rare views of the great train disaster of 1911—the day no games were played—are also included in this fascinating new volume.
ISBN: 9780738564074
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: New York
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
In addition to their own collection, the Ontario County Historical Society shares the personal photographs, artifacts, and memories of many local families to portray the hard times in this small, crossroads town and exemplify the strong sense of community that still exists throughout Ontario County.
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