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This photo of the 1952 Juneau Elks' sponsored baseball team has some familiar names. Standing back row left-to-right are Roger Grummett, Don Nowacki, Keith Brown, Larry Matheny, Larry Porter, Larry Meyer, Joe Harmon, John Stewart and Bob Ramberg. Kneeling are Danny Temple, Mike Biggs, Pat Orme, John Meek, Bosco Palmer and John Pyle. These names were listed on the back of the photo. If they are incorrect please contact Juneau Empire Sports. Readers have commented that the Moose defeated the Elks for the championship that season. Readers also added that John Stewart is now 71 and lives in Ventura, CA. His father, John Stewart M.D., was a physician with the Juneau Clinic. John and the other kids also participated in the Rotary Club's Soap Box Derby, which was held on 12th Street. There were probably 50 soap box derby cars entered each year in the early 50's . Each kid had to build their own car. It was sponsored by Chevrolet. John built two cars, both sponsored by the Country Club, a restaurant / bar at Salmon Creek run by Tom George. One of the Juneau soap box participants won 10th place at the national championships in Akron, Ohio. His car was way ahead of its time. John and the other kids also participated in the Trout Derby, which was held each summer for kids. There was an ongoing ladder posted in the hardware store window with the top ten largest trout caught. The ten largest at the end of the summer got prizes. Skiing on Douglas Island was a Sno Cat with 20 ropes, each pulling a kid up the three miles to the ski bowl at the 'Third Cabin' for $1.00, where there was one rope tow and a two story cabin with bunks and a pot bellied stove. You wore 'climbers' to get to the top of the downhill course. If you have any information on this photo or any other early sports in the area or other historical tidbits please call the Juneau Empire Sports Editor, Outdoors Editor, or Online Editor. See daily historical photos on page A2 and in Sports. For more historical photos go to Juneauempire.com. The Juneau Empire is celebrating a "Century of the Empire" and is encouraging readers to submit old photos, comments or information on the areas rich history.