Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Clinton Prison All Stars

There's been quite a bit of media frenzy about the two inmates that escaped from the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York. That prison is located in the county in which I was born and raised. Let's look at a few games that involved the Clinton Prison All Stars.

The sport sections of local papers in Plattsburgh, Clinton County's seat, were filled with all things baseball during the summer.  The North Country has a rich history of baseball, with Plattsburgh fielding a team for several seasons in the Northern New York League and even one in the Northern Independent League, all in the early 1900s.  Hotel teams, barnstorming teams, and local industry teams kept the interest of the area.

In the summer of 1921 there were a few contests with the All Stars of Clinton Prison.

Plattsburgh Daily Republican - July 30, 1921

The D & H would be the Delaware & Hudson Railroad.  Champlain is a town on the New York - Canadian border, with tracks running through it.

Plattsburgh Daily Republican - July 30, 1921

And the results of that first game?  A 5-0 shutout in favor of the Railroaders.

Plattsburgh Daily Press - August 1, 1921

A few days later, the Regular Plattsburgh Baseball Team went to Dannemora.

Plattsburgh Daily Republican- August 3, 1921

Again, the Prisoners are defeated, this time the score was 11-7.

Plattsburgh Daily Republican - August 4, 1921

Since the prison was built in 1844, there have been a few escapes.  I can speculate that there have been more ball games played there.

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