Sunday, September 22, 2013

Flashback-Boise & Interurban baseball team.

You may have seen this photo and blog post from a couple years ago showing a photograph I had acquired of the Boise & Interurban baseball team.
JTR collection

Saturday, May 28, 2011
Boise & Interurban Baseball Team

At the time, I didn't know anything about the B&I team or the so-called Twilight League. Although I have a decent library of reference books, particularity those with lots of photographs, anything related to this particular team or league had evaded my visual field. It is not unusual for me to go browsing again, particularly through photo books such as Early Caldwell Through Photographs or Canyon County: A Treasure of Land and its People (both Volumes I & II) or Life in Old Boise by Arthur Hart and/or Treasure Valley Memories:The Early Years. These and many other Idaho related references are an often used aid when trying to pinpoint unidentified photos, time periods and identify specific structures. At other times I just browse to jog an increasingly fuzzy memory.

In this case, there was the B&I team staring me in the face, along with the other teams of the Twilight League, on page 123 of Treasure Valley Memories: The Early Years. Since they are all posing in front of the YMCA building located at 10th & Grove in Boise (lost to urban renewal in the 1970's I believe), I guess we can presuppose that the Y had something to so with sponsorship or promotion of the league.

So I am happy to have discovered where these B&I boys play ball and to get a look at their competition. Onward I will go to hunt for the other team photos now that I know who they are—as there is always room for another old baseball photograph in the collection.   

Speaking of the Boise Interurban, we love anything showing old Idaho Interurbans and trains:

Saturday, January 9, 2010  Caldwell-Boise Interurban under construction

Saturday, October 23, 2010 Interurban Car in Caldwell, Idaho

Friday, July 10, 2009 Kidnapped Express  

Monday, August 1, 2011 Which Idaho Railroad?