Friday, June 8, 2018

KICO Baseball Team

The Calvin McClung Digital Collection currently has 294 items tagged with the word "baseball". Four of those items are show below.

KICO baseball players
at Calvin McClung Digital Collection
C.M. McClung Historical Collection, Knox County Public Library

A typical description of these KICO players is:
KICO baseball players. Three men wearing KICO baseball uniforms, standing on field with bleachers in background.
I've looked at these images over the years, never knowing what KICO stood for. A bit of research leads me to believe it is the Knoxville Iron Company.

The Knoxville News would sponsor amateur baseball leagues in the 1920s. In 1925 they had two divisions, Division No. 1 (19 teams) and Division No. 2 (29 teams).

The Knoxville News - June 29, 1925
The Knoxville Iron Company were crowned champions in September of 1925, defeating Corryton for the title.

The Knoxville News - September 21, 1925

The Knoxville News - September 21, 1925

The grandstands in the background are most likely those of Caswell Park, looking down the third base line towards home plate.  My best guess is that these photos were taken in the mid to late 1920s.

I don't know the names of the men, but they have a place in Knoxville baseball history.

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