1913 United Gas Improvement team

Baseball Heaven: United Gas Improvement v. Brooklyn Gas at Ebbetts Field, August 2, 1913

Sousa Band baseball team circa 1902

1926 House Republican baseball team

1926 House Democratic team

The Republican team's grand entrance

House Speaker Nicholas Longworth

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Hard Times 5

May 4, 2013

Tags: North Dakota Depression

Bismarck car dealer Neil Churchill built his dream semipro baseball team at the worst possible time in terms of financial viability. He paid players out of his own pocket and they performed superbly...but the team had difficulty drawing steady crowds large enough to cover Churchill's cash outlay.

Many families strained to make ends meets, leaving them little disposable income for leisure activities. Six percent of the population left the state during the Depression. This family packed up all they owned and drove west through Montana, in search of brighter prospects.

photo by Arthur Rothstein courtesy of the Library of Congress