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By 1900, genuinely professional baseball had emerged in virtually every reach of America. Though constantly shifting in league allegiances and home venues, the institution of organized baseball had become wildly popular. Typifying was the nine that conducted operations in Sioux City, Iowa that year. Franchised in the Western League (to include such teams as Denver and Omaha), the Sioux City squad commanded a devoted local following. And tracing its source to that Sioux City team is this souvenir pin - a photo composite of the principals on that roster. The piece is a celluloid that was likely sold at the game site; it measures 1-3/4" in diameter and remains in Near Mint condition. Per the paper insert in the reverse, we note that it was manufactured by a local concern calling itself "P. C. Waltermire." Affectionately captioned the "Soo City Indians," this team was of course stationed in Sioux City. And though they perhaps wished to be called "Indians," they were instead really the "Cornhuskers." (Also competing in the Western League in 1900 was a team in Pueblo, Colorado that had already laid claim to the name 'Indians.') With players and owner, there are 14 figures featured here. Quite discernibly, they are last-name captioned and most of them later enjoyed some measure of Major League experience. Particularly noteworthy in this relic though is its inclusion of "Glasscock." This is the Pebbly Jack Glasscock of 19th Century renown - featured in a host of period tobacco cards. Upon his tenure with Sioux City, the presently 42-year-old Glasscock had completed 17 Major League seasons, most notably with the National League's Indianapolis Hoosiers, Cleveland Blues and New York Giants. And with his lifetime .290 average, Pebbly Jack was widely regarded as the game's finest shortstop.
1900 "Soo City Indians" Composite Pinback
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