AND MILROY: A Fifty-Year Love Affair
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1954 Mythical State Champion Picture
Milroy the Town
Champions and the New Field
Men Who Played
The Decline of Town Team Baseball
Survival of Baseball in Milroy
THE DECLINE OF TOWN TEAM BASEBALL
the late 1950s the attendance at town team baseball games was starting
to decline as modern society caught up with the affordable form of entertainment.
Before this time, Sunday baseball was the only thing in town. Television sets had not been readily accessible in the rural
portions of the state and traveling long distances was not feasible.
different factors led to the declining town team crowds and teams.
In 1961 major league baseball reached Minnesota, when the Washington
Senators moved in state and became the Minnesota Twins.
People were able to go further from home for entertainment, and
recreation. Television sets
were becoming commonplace in every home and now the family could watch
games without leaving the house.
Their idols changed to Mickey Mantle and Al Kaline, instead of
the hometown sluggers.
baseball had lost its place in society.
Today entertainment can be found anytime, and in anyplace.
Town team baseball did not lose its following because of one specific
thing. It lost out because of the variety of recreation options available.
This is a story that is echoed all over rural Minnesota.