As It Was: Happy Camp, Calif., Grange Forms Baseball Teams
The Grange in Happy Camp, Calif., formed two youth baseball teams in 1924 that played against teams from other towns. A local poet named “Rex” described their enthusiasm:
Let us view the contest right
Every sport enjoys the fight
Our banners high we have unfurled
It’s Happy Camp against the world.
The girls’ team nearly always won. The Sedros sisters played catcher, pitcher and second base with the High sisters in the outfield. They and their girlfriends traveled to other towns, even challenging boys’ teams and winning them, too.
Poet “Rex” describes a local game:
The rooters’ howls they rent the heavens
The scorecard read just 3 to 7
And now that Ranger band are good and sore
Next Sunday’s game will be for gore
They swear to even up the score
When Gerad Gosell was manager of the boys’ team, he bet against Billy Storrs, manager of the girls team. The girls won and Gosell and his boys had to don female bloomer uniforms to the great delight of the crowd.
Source: Davis, Hazel "The Old Ball Game." The Siskiyou Pioneer in folklore, fact and fiction, vol. 4, no. 5, 1972, pp. 97-98.