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Hurm: Covington Blue Sox almost played first game at Wrigley

From Nick Hurm at Cincinnati.com on April 23, 2014:

Cam Miller will tell you April 23 could have been a historic day in baseball for Covington.

In 1913, professional baseball came to Northern Kentucky when the Covington Blue Sox joined the upstart Federal League.

Unfortunately for Covington, whose citizens still were feeling economic woes from the Ohio River flood of March and April 1913, thoughts weren't entirely on baseball. After the successful home opener, crowds quickly dwindled. The Blue Sox would leave Northern Kentucky for Kansas City in late June with the hopes of larger crowds there.

Miller, an area filmmaker finishing up a movie about the Blue Sox, points out that the Kansas City franchise played the first game at brand new Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) on April 23, 1914 against the Chicago Federals.

Read the full article here: http://www.cincinnati.com/story/sports/mlb/2014/04/23/covington-blue-sox-almost-played-first-game-at-wrigley/8069047/

This page was last updated April 24, 2014 at 11:24 am MST.

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