“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Danbury in Fairfield County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)

The Sporting Life

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By Michael Herrick, December 30, 2013
1. The Sporting Life Marker
historic newspapers reveal that sports have long been an outlet for both competitive and recreational gatherings in our city. Local coverage of amateur, club, factory, and school competitions were a regular feature.
Early baseball games were held at White Street fields. In 1913, an 1,800 seat stadium was built at the corner of South Street and Shelter Rock Road next to the trolley depot. Admission was 25 cents. For five cents more, fans could sit in the grandstand.
During the late 1800s, baseball was especially popular among hatters. Players for the Middle River Cowboys all wore derbies; only the pitcher wore a cap because his hat fell off every time he through the ball.
Danbury native Ken Smith served as bat boy for his hometown team in the New York-New Jersey League. Smith went on to become a renowned sportswriter who covered the New York Giants for 30 years and Director of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1963.
Jack Thompson organized the Danbury Trojans, one of the top semi-pro football teams in the Northeast during the 1930s. They regularly drew 2,000 fans to Lee’s Field and won several state titles in a
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By Michael Herrick, December 30, 2013
2. The Sporting Life Marker
league that lasted until 1939.
Other sport mentions of note: Pleasure Park horse races and polo matches; The Pahquioque Rod and Gun Club trap shoots; Danbury Boat Club annual regattas on Candlewood Lake; stock car races at the Danbury Race Arena located at the fairgrounds; the Deer Hill Avenue golf course; and the Mad Hatter Ski Slope on Mountainville Road.
In 1934, Cephas B. Rogers turned over 25 acres to the city. Its many recreational fields have allowed a never ending stream of sports enthusiasts a hometown place to watch, practice and play. The addition of the Danbury Ice Arena makes winter sports a year round attraction.
Erected by Danbury Museum & Historical Society. (Marker Number 24.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Sports.
Location. 41° 23.57′ N, 73° 27.177′ W. Marker is in Danbury, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. Marker is at the intersection of West Street and Foster Street, on the left when traveling west on West Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 26 West Street, Danbury CT 06810, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Monumental Moments (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury Firsts (within shouting distance of this marker); Danbury Women of Note (about 300 feet
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away, measured in a direct line); Danbury City Hall Wall (about 400 feet away); Sybil Ludington (about 400 feet away); To Our Brothers (about 400 feet away); The Settling of Danbury (about 500 feet away); Old City Center Square (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danbury.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on January 12, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 477 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 12, 2014, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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