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Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox at Dodger Stadium

Exhibition Game at Dodger Stadium Baseball Field

April 9th, 1942 was a thrilling day for the estimated 8,000 people who filled the Dodger Stadium baseball field to watch an exhibition game between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs.

After the game, Bob Lewis, traveling secretary for the Chicago Cubs, said this was one of the largest crowds he has witnessed for a Cubs exhibition game. Both White Sox and Cub officials were amazed at the way the Fort Dodge handled the game, the crowd and the entire affair.

The legendary sports editor and writer for the Des Moines Register, Sec Taylor, attended this game. In his column for the Sunday Register, he wrote “Fort Dodge promoted the recent Chicago Cubs – White Sox game in a big way and in major league style. The results were so satisfactory that those in charge of the promotion hope to make the contest an annual affair.” Taylor went on to say “the Chamber of Commerce committee in charge of the game, headed by O. C. Pfaff, its chairman, did such a good job that I heard only two complaints, neither of which is serious – one was because the ball park gates were not opened before 1:30 p.m. The other was from two women who had come to Fort Dodge with their men folk. They had planned to do some shopping while their husbands attended the game, only to discover that the town had not arranged the contest to bring shoppers to it. The stores were closed.”

It was noted that fans from five different states and 75 Iowa counties came to Fort Dodge to watch this game.

Most of the fans arrived at the ballpark when the gates opened at 1:30 p.m. hoping to get a good seat and watch the teams go through their pre-game drills and batting practice. However, the train that brought the Cubs and White Sox to Fort Dodge from their previous game in Tulsa, Oklahoma, did not arrive until almost 3:00 p. m., which was the scheduled start time for this contest. After very brief warm-ups, the game got underway- and it did not disappoint. In the bottom of the ninth inning with the Cubs up to bat and trailing the White Sox, Babe Dahlgren, the Cubs’ first baseman, blasted a 2-run home run to beat the White Sox, 16 – 14. The teams combined for 30 runs scored, 38 hits, five of which were home runs.

Below are the players that played in that game:

Chicago White Sox Chicago Cubs

Don Kolloway Stan Hack

Wally Moses Charlie Gilbert

Joe Kuhel Bill Nicholson

Luke Appling (Hall of Fame) Dom Dallessandro

Taffy Wright Phil Cavarretta

Myril Hoag Babe Dahlgren

Bob Kennedy Clyde McCullough

Mike Tresh Bob

Scheffing

Thurman Tucker Lou Stringer

Tom Turner Bobby Sturgeon

Buck Ross Lennie Merullo

Joe Haynes Jake Mooty

Orval Grove Paul Erickson

Jake Jones Bill Novikoff

Pete Appleton Johnny Schmitz

Bill Fleming

Sources:

*The Des Moines Register. April 10, 1942

*The Des Moines Register. April 12, 1942





Cubs vs White Sox @ Dodger Stadium

April 9, 1942

April 9th, 1942 was a thrilling day for the estimated 8,000 people who filled the Dodger Stadium baseball field to watch an exhibition game between the Chicago White Sox play the Chicago Cubs.

HISTORY

From its early beginnings and through the decades, sports has been intertwined in the fabric of Fort Dodge history, culture and nostalgia.

 

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Fort Dodge sports history for the past 120 years is filled with many iconic teams. One of them is the Fort Dodge Demons that was developed and led by legendary baseball enthusiast and coach Jerry Patterson.

In 1956, the 12 years of age and under youth baseball team, Butler Demons, finished their season by winning their last 19 games. Picking up where they left off, they went 35-0 during the 1957 season. In 1958, that same bunch of kids, under coach Jerry Patterson, became the Fort Dodge Demons and won their first 13 games of that ’58 season. That legendary Butler/Fort Dodge Demons team amassed a 67 game winning streak that spanned across three seasons. This continues to be the longest streak by Fort Dodge baseball team at any level. The Demons team played baseball in Fort Dodge from 1956 to 1964.

Bill Goodman was a phenomenal young outfielder and pitcher for the Fort Dodge Demons baseball team. He belted 15 home runs for the Demons in the summer of 1962. Goodman went on to star at Fort Dodge Senior High under legendary coach Ed McNeil then later played six years of professional baseball, four in the Cincinnati Reds organization and two in the Minnesota Twins farm system. A visual handicap which severely hindered Goodman during night games prevented him from making it to and staying in the big leagues.

The Fort Dodge Demons baseball team will remain a legendary team in Fort Dodge baseball history for decades to come.





Fort Dodge Demons

1956

Fort Dodge sports history for the past 120 years is filled with many iconic teams. One of them is the Fort Dodge Demons that was developed and led by legendary baseball enthusiast and coach Jerry Patterson.

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Fort Dodge sports history for the past 120 years is filled with many iconic teams. One of them is the Fort Dodge Demons that was developed and led by legendary baseball enthusiast and coach Jerry Patterson.

In 1956, the 12 years of age and under youth baseball team, Butler Demons, finished their season by winning their last 19 games. Picking up where they left off, they went 35-0 during the 1957 season. In 1958, that same bunch of kids, under coach Jerry Patterson, became the Fort Dodge Demons and won their first 13 games of that ’58 season. That legendary Butler/Fort Dodge Demons team amassed a 67 game winning streak that spanned across three seasons. This continues to be the longest streak by Fort Dodge baseball team at any level. The Demons team played baseball in Fort Dodge from 1956 to 1964.

Bill Goodman was a phenomenal young outfielder and pitcher for the Fort Dodge Demons baseball team. He belted 15 home runs for the Demons in the summer of 1962. Goodman went on to star at Fort Dodge Senior High under legendary coach Ed McNeil then later played six years of professional baseball, four in the Cincinnati Reds organization and two in the Minnesota Twins farm system. A visual handicap which severely hindered Goodman during night games prevented him from making it to and staying in the big leagues.

The Fort Dodge Demons baseball team will remain a legendary team in Fort Dodge baseball history for decades to come.





Giants of the Game

1925

The next time you’re standing over a shot at the Fort Dodge Country Club, consider this: Hall of Fame golf legends Walter Hagen, Tommy Armour and Gene Sarazen did the same some 90 years ago.

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