On May 2nd, 1907 there was a different scourge overflowing the land, the scourge of Sunday baseball. The Palouse Ministerial Association purchased space to print a column on the last page of the Palouse Republic, the headline ran: ‘Evils of Sunday Baseball.’
|The Moscow Owls taken in 1938. Courtesy LCHS 01-11-328.|
|The Moscow Cubs, taken in 1932. Courtesy LCHS, 1-11-47.|
The Palouse Republic, was a weekly regional newspaper located in Palouse, Washington directly over the state line to the west of Latah County. The article is quite topical as the Latah County Historical Society recently acquired a Kennedy Ford baseball score book dating from 1926-1930. Kennedy Ford began as a place to ford the Palouse River, which later became a settlement named after one of the prominent families that lived there T. Kennedy.
|The Moscow Cubs, taken in 1930. Courtesy LCHS, 1-11-34.|
|Kennedy Ford Baseball team score book. This page shows the home scorecard from Sunday April 29th, 1928. Courtesy of the Latah County Historical Society Archives, item number PAM 2014-07.|
As America looks forward to Super Bowl XLVIII it is important to remember that only 107 years ago sports on Sunday was considered a risqué topic. While sports on Sunday may have been enjoyed by many people in Latah County there were those in the clergy (and presumably still do) who believe it should be a day of rest.
Personally, I can’t seem to watch enough sports, especially on Super Bowl Sunday. Go Seahawks!
|Seattle Seahawks v.s the San Francisco 49ers, on Sunday 1/19/2014. Photo Courtesy of Zachary Wnek.|
As I wrote this post I figured I'd take a moment to introduce myself. My name is Zachary Wnek and I am the new museum curator at Latah County Historical Society. I have studied at the University of Oregon, been a historical interpreter at This is the Place Historic Park, taught school in Gambell, Alaska, and most recently have received a Master's Degree in public history from Eastern Washington University. I am excited to be the new museum curator and look forward to working within such a great organization. Feel free to drop by the office, email or call to introduce yourself.