Photo: Gastineau Channel Champs, 1929

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2003

This photograph of the Gastineau Channel Champs baseball team was taken in 1929 by Ed Andrews. In 1928, the season opened with a parade from Front Street to Firemen's Park. Gov. George Parks threw out the first pitch and a pennant was raised for the 1927 champions, the Moose.

New players in the Gastineau Channel Baseball League were assigned to teams by William A. Holtzheimer, a federal judge and commissioner of the league.

Juneau's first baseball field was located near the Federal Building, which at the time was a tidal area. Back row: Robert Bonner Jr., left, Bob Coughlin, AJ "Shine" Balog, Rangnor Kronquist, Gordon Gray, Johnny Niemi, manager Robert Bonner Sr. Front row: Walter "Andy" Andrews, left, Dickson, Dick Rasmusson, Jim Manning.

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