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In celebration of the 120-year anniversary of the Messenger Index, Nov. 4, 2013, this story from the Nov. 8, 1945, issue of the Emmett Index is being republished.

The baseball grandstand at the city park is worn out – out-modeled and will be torn down according to action taken by the city council Monday evening, when that body declared the structure a menace to the public safety and are now advertising for bids for its removal.

Someone will probably bid it in and the lumber will be used as a dairy barn or a farm implement shed. And back of the grandstand is a history of a brilliant record in semi-pro baseball, a history that went out of existence with the coming of barnyard golf, softball and a plentiful supply of automobiles.

It was following World War I that semi-professional baseball reached its zenith in southwestern Idaho and every town from Weiser to Boise had teams that called forth the community spirit and Emmett won more than its share of glory in that generation.

Called to Emmett at that time was Nate Shandling from the International league as catcher and captain, Kellette, a New York Giant discard, as pitcher, because he had thrown his arm out, an outlaw first baseman from the St. Louis Browns that could put forth an exhibition seldom equaled and a team studded with local celebrities such as Brownie, the Burton Boys, Schiller and others.

For two years, Emmett basked in the glory of professional baseball, winning two pennants that rivaled the World Series and then the pay-off came and baseball dropped into the background. For several years, Emmett tried desperately to stay in the baseball limelight but the glory and the players were gone, never again to shine in this city.

The grandstand was built by popular subscription and such men as Ed Hayes, Elmer Holverson, Claude Bucknum, Al White, Ed Skinner and many others spent long hours in its erection. And now it will be a thing of the past, a memory to many old-fashioned baseball fans and yet an eye sore to the new generations. But the old baseball park and the grandstand will always remain, with memories for many old-fashioned baseball fans of Emmett.

And, with the passing of the baseball period, perhaps it was a wee-bit better than auto wrecks, nightclubs, midnight dances and hunting accidents. Anyway, baseball played its part in the life of small towns and it was an exciting life while it lasted.

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