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Menomonie Blue Caps

1883_bluecaps_rgbThe Menomonie Blue Caps were one of the first teams to draw large crowds in Dunn County, Wisconsin. While not the earliest team in the area, they were by far one of the most successful. Established in 1882, the Blue Caps were challenged to play the Eau Claire Crescents on July 4 that year. The game was their first, as well as the first win, by a score of 16-0, netting a purse of $25.

For the next 60 years, the Blue Caps continued to play a high level of baseball. They faced teams from all over the country, earning the nickname the “Invincible Blue Caps” along the way. During the 1940s, the Blue Caps, like most teams, were losing players to World War II. They played their last official game in 1941, before turning the roster over to the local Menomonie Eagles, a squad that still plays today.

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The Menomonie Blue Caps vintage base ball team was established in 2012 — 71 years after the original Blue Caps played their last game — to educate the community about the origins of our national pastime as part of the Playing Through: African American Baseball in Dunn County, Wisconsin exhibit at the Rassbach Heritage Museum.

The Menomonie Blue Caps are a proud member of the Vintage Base Ball Association.

 

Dunn County Historical Society

dchsFormed in 1950, the Dunn County Historical Society seeks to discover, preserve, interpret, and disseminate knowledge about the history of Dunn County and its role in Wisconsin and to inspire interest in the past.

The Society is a primary sponsor of the Menomonie Blue Caps.


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