Schoolcraft County
Upper Peninsula
Baseball Champions
1922 - 1923
 
 
 
 
 
The Manistique Upper Peninsula Baseball Championship Team (1922-1923)
Photo Contributed by Paul Petosky
 
 
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    According to Jack Orr's great memoir of Manistique, "Lumberjacks & River Pearls" the members of the 1922-23 teams included both local players and athletes from Illinois and Wisconsin.  The Manistique team was a semi-pro organization.  The players had regular jobs, but were also paid for playing baseball.  Pitchers and catchers earned $200 per month, infielders were paid $150 and outfielders made $125.
 
    The members of the 1922-23 championship teams included:  Charlie Burns, Eddie Foye, _______ McCluskey, ________ Mingo, Charlie Myers, Bill Norton, Red Paige, Harry Potter, E.L. "Doc" Schatzmann, ________ Serratella, Benny Tebo and Bill Vassau.  The manager was Bill Dehut and the batboy was Red Stewart.  Manistique's record against Upper Peninsula teams in 1923 was 19-2.  The story of the championship game appears below:
 

Source:  Manistique Pioneer Tribune, Sept. 20, 1923
 
MANISTIQUE 1, COPPER SOX 0
Each Pitcher Allows But Three Hits
Vassau Strikes Out 8, Zyrd 5
 
    With the best of support, Bill Vassau pitched a shutout against the Copper Sox of Houghton, who claim the championship of the Copper and Iron Country, on Sunday, winning by a score of 1-0.
    It  was one of the best exhibitions of baseball ever played on the local diamond.  Not one umpire's decision was disputed, and the Manistique fans were with the local team all the way.
    With one out, Dutch Welhoelter, playing his last game of the season with Manistique, drove a triple to left field; he scored on the next pitched ball which was wild.  He was presented with a purse amounting to about eight dollars by the fans around the local dugout.  All put-outs by Manistique were of the infield variety, with the exception of a long fly to the left field foul fence which was nabbed by John Meyers.  He was also credited with a put-out when he caught a fair fly ball in short left.
    Vassau pitched but six balls in the first inning.  The first man up being an easy put-out, Burns to Tebo, while the second man went out by the Lantz to Tebo route; these two men each hit the first ball pitched to them.  The third man up had two strikes and one ball on him when he hit a roller to Vassau who threw him out at first.