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White Hall Nationals: 1896

White Hall Nationals: 1896

White Hall, IL.

Top Row (L-R): Jesse Harrison, Best Rose, Judge Bowman (Score Keeper), Charles Cook, Monte McFarland

2nd Row (L-R): William Vermillion, Berry Brooks, Hugh Neece

1st Row (L-R): Harry Vosseller, Charles Stewart (Manager), Charles McFarland

Later, Monte McFarland was a member of the Chicago Cubs and Charles McFarland was a member of the St. Louis Cardinals.

In the season of 1896, the principal rival of this team was the Carrollton team. The last game of the season was the deciding one which would determine the championship. The White Hall Nationals won this game. As a reward, the Manager, Charles Stewart, had this photograph taken and entertained players at the Bob Wasson Restaurant. View full size.

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Monte McFarland

LaMont "Monte" McFarland has a direct link to baseball's greatest legend of this era. He pitched for Cap Anson's Chicago Colts. Anson was a spectacular player and manager. He was also widely considered responsible for the unwritten rule banning black players from pro ball.

Later Monte managed for a few years in the minor leagues, mostly in Dubuque and Decatur in the old Three I League (Iowa, Indiana and Illinois). He was a baseball lifer but died rather young at age 41 from pneumonia.

1896 Base-Ball

This is the exact way all town teams were posed for pictures in this age. Every town, even tiny ones, were proud of their baseball team at that time. They were a very important part of life in that America.

Such teams were extremely popular. Well-paying plum jobs were given to skilled non-locals so they would be attracted to distant teams. Larger towns, of course, had many teams. Games were very well-attended.

Chappie McFarland was a very decent big league pitcher. His older brother, Monte, was much less distinguished. A town team that had two big league caliber pitchers was incredibly rare. This was one heck of a ballclub no matter who rounded out the rest of the squad.

No subs here. The McFarland brothers took pitching turns, obviously. I am sure they crushed most local opponents.

Having Fun Yet?

They don't look like they're being "entertained" - but who cares when you have a cool name like Berry Brooks? I wish I did.

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