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We do love our sports teams! I grew up listening to the Cincinnati Reds on the radio and still prefer to listen than to watch on television. A live game is best, of course, but my delicate constitution is such that heat, direct rays from the sun and tight-fitting seats just do not suit me. We Adair Countians have had a penchant for baseball since it made a hit here in the 1890s. Every year the communities around the county would field a team and play each other and teams from surrounding counties. This enthusiasm did not wane until the World War II era, actually the 1950s. Our father was an avid player at one time and never really lost his excitement for the game. - MIKE WATSON
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By Mike Watson
Adair County Historian

The following are a few notes from the pages of The Adair County News, 1902:

Ladies got in free
The Greensburg baseball team will match the Columbia nine at Page's Park, in this city, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Admission 10 cents; Ladies free. 7 May 1902<


Match game between Greensburg and Columbia drew large crowd . . .
The match game of baseball between Greensburg and Columbia drew a large crowd at Page's Park last Saturday afternoon. It was the first game of the season and but little practicing had been done by either side. The game was called at 2 o'clock, the Columbia boys at the bat. They led off nicely and kept largely in advance from start to finish, the game closing 31 to 10. The deportment of the young men comprising the Greensburg club was excellent, and they made a very favorable impression upon all who witnessed the game. The Columbia club will play them a return game next Saturday week. 14 May 1902

'Second Pines' Match game between Campbellsville and Columbia called at 2:30
The match gate of baseball between the second pines of Columbia and Campbellsville drew a large crowd to the college hill last Saturday afternoon. The game was called at 2:30 and it was spirited from the start. All the players kept their heads, making the game very interesting to onlookers. The game terminated in favor of Columbia, the score standing 25 to 15. It is said a return game will be played at an early date. 4 June 1902

Columbia defeats Greensburg in game at Campbellsville
The baseball game at Campbellsville last Saturday afternoon between Columbia and Greensburg resulted in a victory for the former, the score standing 17 to 15. The game attracted several hundred people to the grounds and the excitement was intense from the beginning until the end. At the start the Greensburg boys took the lead and at the close of the fourth inning, they had high hopes of winning, but such an idea did not get into the heads of Columbians. They went over to win and were confident that success would crown their efforts. The Greensburg club had only four home men, the other five being from different places in the state, three from Louisville. It is said that several hundred dollars changed hands on the result. The Columbia boys are all here and are ready for the next call. 11 June 1902

> Writer gives Greensburg chance of future win when Bob Hindman 'dies or breaks his arm'
The Columbia and Greensburg baseball teams had a real, sure enough interesting game of ball at Campbellsville last Saturday... It was exciting until the last man in the last part of othe last inning was put out, for the score was so close that a hit might decide it either way... The score stood Columbia 17 and Greensburg 15. We will say to Columbia if you don't all die of old age and keep playing with us some day some time, no precisely located date, understand, why Greensburg may beat Columbia. When Bob Hindman dies or breaks his arm... The Columbia club comprises Adair County boys and no others... 18 June 1902

Game of ball set at Robertson's Park
There will be a match game of ball next Friday afternoon the 20th, between Campbellsville and Columbia clubs, at Robertson's Park. This promises to be the best game of the season and both teams feel confident of winning. 18 June 1902

Joppa team organized to play at R.O. Cabell's farm every Saturday
The Joppa baseball team has organized and will play every Saturday evening on R.O. Cabell's farm and will make it interesting for the Columbia team in a few evenings. - Joppa letter, 18 June 1902

Double header split between Campbellsville and Columbia
The Game Was Played--A flight to the finish and the score stood 8 to 7 in favor of Campbellsville. The ball game between the Columbia and Campbellsville teams, in this town last Friday, drew a large crowd and from start to finish it was in a high degree interest. This was the third meeting of the two teams this season and was for the purpose of determining the championship, as the previous encounters left this honor in doubt, the Columbia boys winning the first, seven to five, and the Campbellsville boys had it in the second contest, nine to eight... Mr. S.F. White, of this town, umpired... 16 July 1902

With just a little more work, Columbia team would be undefeatable
The Adair County baseball team needs a little more work and then it could meet and defeat any team in this part of the world. It is composed of good material throughout, but practice is worth a great deal--it brings out and develops the ball playing powers. 16 July 1902

Gradyville crosses bats with Edmonton
Gradyville and Edmonton baseball teams crossed bats Saturday. - Gradyville letter, August

1902


> J.A. Diddle was reported to be recovering from a sprain
Mr. J.A. Diddle, who received a sprain while playing baseball a few weeks ago, is improving and will be ready for another heat in a few days. - Gradyville letter, 20 August 1902

Regular Saturday games come to Craycraft
The boys have gotten up a baseball team and play every Saturday. - Craycraft letter, 20 August 1902

Burksville vs. Columbia game terminates in favor of Burksville
The match game of baseball between Columbia and Burksville colored clubs, played at this place, last Saturday, terminated in favor of Burksville, the score standing 22 to 11. - 27 August 1902

Joppa 12, Gradyville 9, in game near fair grounds
The match game of baseball between Joppa and Gradyville, played near the fair grounds, last Friday, resulted in favor of the former, the score standing 12 to 9. A large crowd witnessed the game. 27 August 1902

Columbia not disgraced in slim loss to Hustonville at Liberty
The Columbia baseball team lost out at Liberty, but the defeat was no disgrace, the score standing 4 to 3 in favor of Hustonville team. They played ten innings to bring about a decision. - 3 September 1902

Liberty fair pulls off to satisfaction of its promoters
The Liberty Fair pulled off last week to the satisfaction of its promoters... Quite an interest was manifested in the ball game between the Columbia and Hustonville teams and at the close of the 9th inning the score stood 3 to 3, but when the 10th was finished it was 4 to 3 in favor of Hustonville... 3 September 1902

Gradyville crosses bats with High-Step boys
Our school boys crossed bats with the High-Step boys last Saturday. During the game Baker received a severe blow upon the head accidentally inflicted with a bat. A physician soon brought him around all right. --Gradyville letter, 17 September 1902

Columbia High boys cross bats with Milltown nine
Columbia High School boys and the Milltown nine will cross bats at the latter place next Saturday. 17 September 1902

Columbia M & F High School has victory over Camp Knox
The match game of baseball, played at Milltown last Saturday afternoon, between the Camp Knox nine and the Columbia Male and Female High School boys, resulted in a victory for the latter, the score standing 4 to 2. A very large crowd witnessed the game and excitement was high. It was the closest and most interesting game played hereabouts this season. The two clubs will meet in Columbia at an early date. 24 September 1902

Gradyville nine faces M & F High School Club
Next Saturday afternoon the Gradyville nine will play the M. & F. High School Club. The game will be called at Robertson's Park, this city. It will be interesting and will draw a large crowd. 24 September 1902

M & F defeats Gradyville Club
The Male and Female High School boys were again successful last Saturday afternoon. In a match game of baseball, played in Robertson's Park, this city, they defeated the Gradyville Club, the score standing 4 to 3. It is claimed that the College nine can do any other club in this section of the state. 3 October 1902

Columbia vs. Gradyville in match game of ball at Robertson's Park
A match game of ball between Columbia and Gradyville will be played at Robertson's Park next Saturday afternoon. Admission free. 8 October 1902

Neatsburg crrosses bats with Joppa boys in meeting of undefeateds
Last Saturday, Neatsburg and Joppa boys crossed bats. Neither team has been defeated this year. Both came to bat confident of winning, but some of the boys fanned like the weather was very warm. The score stood 14 to 1 in favor of Joppa. --Joppa letter, 15 October 1902

- MIKE WATSON


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