Pawnee City has a rich history of baseball & softball town teams

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By Mike Bacon

(Editor’s Note: This history of baseball and softball in Pawnee City was written by former Pawnee City resident Mike Bacon. He is the son of Lee Bacon, a major figure in the local baseball and softball program history.)

The tradition of baseball in Pawnee City goes back as far as the founding of the city itself. In the earliest day through the turn of the 20th Century, baseball was popular but informal with get-up teams in town and numerous church teams in the rural areas.

Following the national trend toward organizing the sport, "town teams" emerged in small cities in the 1920's. Pawnee City had a good one with players like Ben Graves and George, “Skipper" Marshall. The town teams raised the level of play and also the level of community interest since the team now was also "representing the community." Neighboring Humboldt even had a professional minor league team for a few years. Teams from towns all over Southeast Nebraska played each other creating intense rivalries.

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