Early Hammond High School Baseball Team
|Baseball was slow to get official recognition in Hammond although many men were active playing on teams. There is no record of HHS having an "official" baseball team in any of the yearbooks of the 1920's. However, this photo documents the fact that an early team did exist as they pose in front of the stone foundation of Hammond's Central High School on Hohman Avenue.|
Notice that there are only 10 men on the this championship team and baseball requires that you field 9 men per game.
These players played all innings of all games during the season. Quite an accomplishment!
Early Baseball Team for a Hammond Meat Market
advertising was in its infancy, it didn't occur to the owner of a butcher
shop that he could have put the name of his business on the front of the
player's jerseys. Instead, he chose to promote his meat market using
various cuts of meat to identify his players.
We do not know if this team photo was taken before the actual playing positions were assigned to the men on the ball diamond but there may have been a time when news reporting of a Hammond baseball game would have consisted of...
"There's an infield
ground ball picked up by Round Steak,
Fortunately the 1906 Chicago Cubs perfected the double play with a call
HHS'59 Senior Dave Mahan slides into 3rd and is
tagged out by teammate Ken Gust, two HHS Varsity baseball players.
Some pro baseball players who made it from their start in Hammond, Indiana.