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Black Baseball in Bloomington August 1944

12- to 16-year-olds play baseball, 1944.

These 12- to 16-year-olds played American Legion ball sponsored by the local Louis E. Davis Post. They’re posing here on Illinois Wesleyan University grounds. That’s the Van Leer Memorial Chime Tower at Broadview Mansion looming in the background.
Front row, left to right: Alonzo Clark, Robert Gaines, William Scott, Bob Matchen, and Bob Boone. Back row, left to right: Manager Lew Knapp, Floyd Bonds, Roy Matthews, John Doolin, and Charles Wilson.

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp

Bill Kemp is the Librarian at the McLean County Museum of History

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