Bush: Proctor Rails baseball began in Minnesota 70 years ago

From SABR member Anthony Bush at RailsBaseball.com on August 31, 2017:

Seventy years ago, Proctor hosted, and won, the first Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) baseball game played in the Duluth area.

In 1947, the MSHSL created a comprehensive summer sports program that included baseball and a few local schools, including Proctor, approved funding for it. Duluth, for example, secured $1,200 ($13,350 today) on June 9 for summer sports programs for its three high schools—Central, Denfeld, and Morgan Park.

District 26 officials and coaches met at Denfeld on June 24 to create a baseball schedule. Teams represented at the meeting included the three Duluth schools, Proctor, and Two Harbors. Carlton, Esko, and Floodwood, mentioned as possible additions, ended up not fielding teams for District 26 competition. Proctor and Two Harbors drew the first game on the schedule, to be played at Proctor’s Missabe Athletic Park on June 26.

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Originally published: September 5, 2017. Last Updated: September 5, 2017.