Take Me Out to The Ballgame: Ford City Team 1920s

Batter Up

I believe in the Rip Van Winkle theory: that a man from 1910 must be able to wake up after being asleep for seventy years, walk into a ballpark and understand baseball perfectly. ~ Bowie Kuhn, Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1969 – 1984.

We’re on the threshold of spring – at long last! Time to celebrate the shedding of winter coats, the rebirth of our sleeping gardens, and that annual long-awaited sporting ritual: Opening Day.

Organized baseball was a major event in Windsor in days gone by. Anyone heard of the Walkerville Chicks? An amazing team that you can read about on The Walkerville Times archive site here.

The above photo was provided by Mary Jo Russo a few years ago when she was Co-ordinator of the Ford City Discovery Centre on Drouillard Road in Windsor. She wondered if any readers had memories or information about this team, which was either comprised of employees of Ford Canada or sponsored by the company.

(read more about the history of Ford City here. )

I don’t think we had a chance to run this photo in The Times Magazine. No doubt lots of these guys got married, had kids and their kids had kids so someone reading this may recognize a familiar face. We’d love to hear from you.

I’ll end here with my favorite Yogi Berra quote: “He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.”

read about the history of baseball here.


About Elaine Weeks

How history was taught in my day: memorize lots of boring dates and facts, watch corny old black & white history films. There was one bright spot, however. Grade 9 history at Walkerville Collegiate with Miss Falls (Georgina) when she taught a section on local history and took us on a field trip to explore some of Windsor's built heritage. Due to a series of peculiar events, celebrating local history became part of my business. My company, Walkerville Publishing Inc., (partner is Chris Edwards) launched "The Walkerville Times" in 1999 and we produced 61 issues - the last in 2016. In 2004, we began producing local history books; that year we released "Best of The Times Magazine". Our current titles include 5000 Ways You Know You're From Detroit, 500 Ways You Know You're From Windsor, Walkerville - Whisky Town Extraordinaire, and Windsor Then - A Pictorial Essay of Windsor's Glorious Past. I also wrote a novel, Time Trespasser, that blends time travel with local history. I am working on a sequel. I am a writer, editor, blogger, photographer, mother, wife, sister, activist, traveller, gardener, knitter, glass is nearly full person.
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