In 2004, I presented two papers at SABR conferences on aspects of Wisconsin baseball history.
The first, which I gave at the Seymour Conference, is titled, “Challenging Everyone: The Capital City Base Baseball Club of Madison, Wisconsin, 1865-1870.” It discusses the first wave of baseball enthusiasm in Madison and its quick fade. Click for the PDF.
The second, which I gave at the SABR National in Cincinnati, is titled, “‘But Few Can Touch Him:’ George Wilson and Integrated Wisconsin Baseball, 1905-1907.” Wilson was a very talented African-American pitcher who once played for the Page Fence Giants. He went on to make a career for himself in the low minors in Wisconsin and Minnesota, usually the only black player on his team, and often the star. Sadly, some of that paper has been lost, but click for a PDF of the first several pages and the accompanying handout.