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A heavily edited page 1 article from 11 Jul 1901 Waterford Star newspaper.


A game of baseball has been arranged to take place on the Fair Ground in this place on Thursday afternoon next between teams from Windham Centre and Hagersville.

The game between these two teams last year was so interesting that we are sure every person will be out to see the game. 

They play for a purse of $20. The winners take the whole purse. Game called at 3.30. Admission: gentlemen 15, ladies 10.

Windham has been noted for baseball for the last 25 years, and it still has a team in the field.

Windham has been noted for base ball for many years.  A history of the old Wranglers of Windham will be found below.

Uncle Jim Robertson was the father of the Wranglers, he generally paid all the expenses and stood by the boys. That's what wrong with the team at present -- no one to manage it. Mellon, the pitcher, is a first class man and knows the game by heart.

A school teacher by the name of Benny gave the club its name; he used to teach at the Block school house. 

The Wranglers always studied the game. They often went to Buffalo and Detroit when there were excursions to those cities, to see the professional clubs play, and picked up many a pointer.

It was a winning team. Among the list of clubs they played against were 
St. Thomas, Brantford, Jarvis, Scotland, Oakland, Nelles' Corners, Welland, Norwich, Otterville, Tillsonburg, Hawtrey, Burgessville, St. Williams, Walsingham Centre, Waterford, Simcoe, Silver Hill, Lynedoch, Burford, Kelvin, the Hickory Twist club and Delhi.

Other clubs combined to play against the Wranglers, trying to defeat them.

When the Wranglers were at their best and could get no one else to play against, they challenged the Atlantics of Woodstock, the champions of Canada at that time.

The boys went went up to  Woodstock  and the score was 11 to 2 in favor of Woodstock. Charley Edgeworth held them down to a close game, as at that time Tip O'Neal was the great curve ball pitcher of the day. The next year he went to St. Louis at a salary of $4,000, and was one of star players of the league.

Then Woodstock came down to Windham to play the return match. The score was 7 to 0 in favor of Woodstock. For a country club and farmers the old Wranglers played a good game of ball.

Among the first lot of players when the club was organized:

  • Charley John Robinson, the first baseman of his day, now in the gold fields of British Columbia.

  • Cal. Lawrence, the centre fielder who caught everything in sight, now engineer on the Michigan Central Railway, and president of West Elgin Conservative Association, at St. Thomas.

  • Oliver Robinson is still on the old homestead and is county councillor for this division.

  • Charles Edgeworth, was one of the greatest pitchers of his time; he played with his head. He is living at Teeterville, on the old Teeter homestead.

  • C. L. Robinson is living on a dairy farm at Vanessa Station and is buying cattle and shipping them.

  • Billy Collen was the wonderful catcher in his time, before the mask was invented, and stood up behind the bat with the swift pitching. Today he is on the Canadian Pacific Railway west of Port Arthur, head foreman of an extra gang on the road. 

  • Robert Green was one of the hard batters in his day; he is now township clerk.

  • R. A. MacKay is now out in the Klondike. He was more familiarly known by the name Doss.

  • Robert Knowles of Silver Hill played sometimes with the club. He was called home a few years ago.

  • In the next lot that sprang up was Job Lawrence; he has been on the turf for a long time, playing first base and catcher; he was one of the hard hitters.

  • J. S. Robertson was the second pitcher that sprang up in the club. He is relieving agent on the Michigan Central Railway at present.

  • James Edgeworth, the third baseman, is still living in the Centre; he was in mercantile business for 11 years.

The exciting times were when Norfolk formed a county league and played North against South. The clubs imported men of both sides and excitement ran high for some time. The Wood Bros. played; also an important pitcher from Hamilton.

The last of the Wranglers has dropped out: Job Lawrence was the last one to hang on and he has moved away. 

Many a good day's sport was seen around old Windham; the farmers all turned out to see the boys play. The Wranglers had their day, the same as the Hard Batters of Oakland and the Haymakers of Delhi. 

Lightly edited page 1 article from 23 Aug 1923 Waterford Star newspaper.

Baseball in Norfolk goes 
back many years

Simcoe, Aug. 16. -- Baseball in Canada over 65 years ago, as it appeared in Wednesday's sporting pages of The Globe was an interesting article to many in Norfolk.

The Actives of Woodstock, mentioned therein, became champions of Canada. When "Tip" O'Neill got the team up to the zenith of perfection it took on home-and-home games with a country team known as the Wranglers, which had a field at Windham Centre, Norfolk County.

Of course, the Actives won both games in the round but the old Wranglers held the game at Woodstock down to 9 to 2 and that at Windham Centre, 7 to 0, a good record for a team of farm boys, and it was the talk of the countryside at the time.

The old Wranglers are not all dead. There is no ball game of any note in North Norfolk but one or more of them are close to the base line. Among them are:
the pitcher, Charles Edgeworth of Teeterville,
Oliver Robertson, jailer at Simcoe,
Cal Lawrence of Ottawa,
C. L. Robertson of Fenwick, Ont.,
C. J. Robertson of Nelson, B.C.  
W. Cullen of Port Arthur, and
R. A. McKay of Los Angeles, Cal.

[Compiler's Comment: "65 years ago" was approximately when some of those listed were born.

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