Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Shakespeare Baseball Team ca. 1920s-1930s

The Shakespeare Baseball Team ca. 1920s-1930s

Last year, in honor of the World Series, we wrote about Matt Lollman's Great-Grandfather and Grandfather, the first father-son player-manager to win the World Series. Matt followed this up with a great piece I'm using to celebrate the Fall Classic. Here's his great article on the Shakespeare Baseball Team of the inter-war period.

I think we would be remiss without acknowledging the lure and reel connection with Shakespeare's sponsored Baseball Team from the late 1920s early 1930s.
Heres a link to two photos of the baseball team ca. 1930.

Matt's Shakespeare Baseball Bat.

I also have as one of my most prized lure possessions a bat from the Team. And as additional photo here is one I have of Babe and my great grandad on horseback in 1925 Heading North from Spring Training is the caption grandmother has written on the back.
-- Matt Lollman


bcunningham said...

Where was this team? Is there more information about them?

kj said...

I was wondering about that myself! I think I've tracked down the answer. They seem to be the team sponsored by the Shakespeare Fishing Tackle Company, which is still in existence (but which may no longer have a baseball team):

More research is clearly indicated.


Papa Pantaloon said...

From the link posted by kj it appears the company started up and operated for years out of Kalamazoo, MI. Around 1970 it moved its corporate HQ to Columbia, SC.

Papa Pantaloon said...

This is the link I meant, rather than the one in kj's post.

Papa Pantaloon said...

Sorry, that didn't work. Try this: