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Baseball Comes to Templeton

PAGE 8                Templeton Courier                Thursday, Oct. 3, 1946

Baseball comes to Templeton

by Bobbie Bannings

No longer do Templetonians have to drive to St. Louis to get their fix of real baseball. The Midwest League, formed earlier this year, has announced a partnership with Christen Supplies to bring baseball to Templeton. Templeton is the first city selected by the Midwest League as part of their eight team group. “We’re very proud to bring the sport here,” said Mr. Amiel, the regional manager of Christen Supplies. “It is one of the many ways we plan to show our sense of community to Templeton.”

“We are very eager,” said Robert Taylor, commisioner of the Midwest League. A site is being looked at now for the Templeton stadium. A new coach has been selected and is already looking at ball players, but Taylor wanted to make an official announcement next week. He said “our new coach is still looking at potential players and will not be in Templeton for a few more days.” When asked why Templeton was chosen first, Taylor responded that our town “would serve as a guiding light for the choices that would shape the rest of the league.” This reporter is looking forward to it.

Ray Durmont, head man of the National Baseball Congress, was not as happy about teams being formed under the unofficial Midwest League. He said that any ball players jumping contracts to join the Midwest League would find no welcome in semi-pro circles.

There is still some discussion where the remaining seven teams will find their homes, although Taylor has hinted at Minnow Town in Kansas. “Some very nice people there,” he said, “and a shining example of an American small town.”

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