Thu March 13, 2014
Medford Turns All Out for Baseball between the "Fats" and the "Leans"
The two teams hailed from the city and countryside. The Fats, of course, were a collection of business men and doctors from Medford. The Leans came from the farms and mines surrounding Medford at the time. As pre-game excitement built, Medford’s mayor declared that any citizen older than 10 found not attending the game would be arrested and fined four-bits on the spot. On game day, stores throughout the city closed promptly at 4 o’clock and people rushed to the ball grounds. Newspaper accounts of admission prices vary, but one reported it was 50 cents for men, 25 cents for ladies and free for children under 12, with proceeds directed to the city band and the restoration of a city park. The Fats won, but more importantly, the people of Medford enjoyed an amusing, if mandatory, afternoon of farcical baseball.