When father Was A Boy

Camden was a baseball town as early as the 1860s... and probably before that, although the game as it was played in those times was quite a bt different that played today. That there were very good players in the city even then is beyond dispute, for the very first run scored in a major league baseball game was scored by Camden's Wes Fisler, the first basemen of the Philadelphia team in the old National Association. A number of other Camden men who got there start playing in the 1880s went on to the majors including Charles Alcott and Kid Gleason, and more would follow in the decades that followed. To say that Camden had thriving semi-pro baseball scene into the 1940s would be an understatement of large proportions. After World War II the baseball scene in Camden ebbed, for a number of reasons, a few of which included the post World War II draft that took young men out of the city, the economic collapse that took potential team sponsors out of the city, and television.... no longer did one hve to go TO the game to witness the game. The Golden Age of Baseball in Camden came to an end..... but believe you me, when it was good, it was VERY, VERY good.

In 1929 The Camden Courier-Post newspapers ran a series of articles on teams of the 1900s. This page will present as many of these articles, as they become availabe.    

Camden Courier-Post * June 23, 1929

William Kiker - Walter Stanton Sr. - Dick Haines - Lou Urban - Charles Whalen
Fred Lechleidner - George Hill - Otto Erdbrink - George "Babe" Clayton - A. Lincoln James

Garfield Pancoast

Camden Courier-Post * June 23, 1929

West End B.B.C. - Ernest Ballheimer