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Historical Sports: 1954 Douglas Lions

Posted: October 19, 2012 - 12:06am
This photo cutline has been corrected. Coach Robert P. Isaac was misidentified as being related to current mayor Merrill Sanford and his wife Patty. Coach Isaac is not related. Here is the corrected information: The 1954 Douglas Lions little league team. Front row kneeling left-to-right: Doug "Spud" Crosby, unknown player, Dale Shuman, Dennis Shuman, Dale Henkins, unknown player. Middle row standing l-r: Douglas Hulk, Gale Good, unknown player, "Chick" Featherstone, Alan Gray. Back row standing l-r: Jerry Short, Tommy Dawson, Trygve Hermann, Larry Klockenteger, James Dawson. At back standing is coach Robert P. Isaac. The team was sponsored by the Douglas Lions Club. Coach Isaac, age 93, still resides in Douglas and has a life-time membership pin from Lions International. Coach Isaac moved to Douglas in 1949 and was a teacher and coach at Douglas High School. According to Gale Good, who supplied the photo, the players are in the 13-year-old age range. "We were just a group of kids from Douglas," Good said. "Playing little league baseball." In the background of the photo is the Fireman's Field, site of the current Federal Building. According to Good, players tried to hit home runs into Gold Creek. "There was a fence you had to hit them over," Good said. "I bounced them over, but I never hit one over. Some of our team members did though."  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.
This photo cutline has been corrected. Coach Robert P. Isaac was misidentified as being related to current mayor Merrill Sanford and his wife Patty. Coach Isaac is not related. Here is the corrected information: The 1954 Douglas Lions little league team. Front row kneeling left-to-right: Doug "Spud" Crosby, unknown player, Dale Shuman, Dennis Shuman, Dale Henkins, unknown player. Middle row standing l-r: Douglas Hulk, Gale Good, unknown player, "Chick" Featherstone, Alan Gray. Back row standing l-r: Jerry Short, Tommy Dawson, Trygve Hermann, Larry Klockenteger, James Dawson. At back standing is coach Robert P. Isaac. The team was sponsored by the Douglas Lions Club. Coach Isaac, age 93, still resides in Douglas and has a life-time membership pin from Lions International. Coach Isaac moved to Douglas in 1949 and was a teacher and coach at Douglas High School. According to Gale Good, who supplied the photo, the players are in the 13-year-old age range. "We were just a group of kids from Douglas," Good said. "Playing little league baseball." In the background of the photo is the Fireman's Field, site of the current Federal Building. According to Good, players tried to hit home runs into Gold Creek. "There was a fence you had to hit them over," Good said. "I bounced them over, but I never hit one over. Some of our team members did though." 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.
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