AND MILROY: A Fifty-Year Love Affair
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1954 Mythical State Champion Picture
Milroy the Town
The Milroy Yankees
Champions and the New Field
The Men Who Played
The Decline of Town Team Baseball
The Survival of Baseball in Milroy
THE SURVIVAL OF BASEBALL IN MILROY
this day, Milroy still has town team baseball, and as recently as 1994
participated in the State Amateur Baseball Tournament championship game,
exactly 40 years since the Mythical State Title.
Somehow Milroy has been able to support its team through the down
years of town team ball and actually continue to hold a strong base of
asked what has kept baseball in Milroy going, the former ball players
gave a variety of answers, but they all pointed to tradition. The game
has been passed on from one generation to the next without missing a beat.
Milroy had had three constants throughout the years: an organizer,
community support, and family.
player stated that John Dolan was Milroy’s biggest organizer.
“I think he made each of them [his sons] take a vow that we were
going to promote baseball and always have a team,” said John Kagel.
Milroy has since passed on the role of organizer from one generation
to the next, with someone always willing to take over.
community support in Milroy has attracted players from many neighboring
towns. “In Milroy they have
people who are dedicated to baseball. It’s an honor to play for Milroy, it’s not a job.
And the community is proud of it,” stated Dean Tate.
When a job needs to be done at the field, the people come and help.
“They aren’t afraid
to work, they grab a shovel, they take tickets.
They don’t have to wait for someone else to do something, they
say let’s do it,” according the Shorty Young.
Dolan family is long-lived in Milroy baseball folklore.
That is where baseball began in Milroy and continues today.
Baseball has always been a family tradition in Milroy, and there
have been as many as five Dolans on virtually every team.
According to Art Marben, “It’s a family tradition.
The Dolans have always been talked about as a baseball family,
they were all expected to play.”
tradition was established long ago, by the first organizers, the community
supporters, and families that loved baseball, and that is what makes baseball
in Milroy continue today.