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Iowa Time Machine: Buxton Wonders - May 14, 1903




Iowa Time Machine ⏰: On May 14, 1903, the Oskaloosa Herald first mentioned the Buxton Wonders. A coal-town company team featuring predominantly Black players, the Wonders pulled perhaps the greatest upset in Iowa sports history when they beat the New York Union Giants in 1909.



Buxton, Iowa, a predominantly Black company town founded by the Consolidation Coal Company in 1900, remained a productive coal mining town until at least 1919. During many of those years, the company and town hosted a baseball team called Buxton Wonders. The team toured much of Iowa and the surrounding states.



In 1909, The Buxton Wonders only won one game during the entire season. However, the win came over the vaunted Chicago Union Giants. The Wonders stood as one of few teams to beat the Chicago Union Giants that year who went on to finish the season with a 46-10 record, including three close losses to the a Chicago Cubs team which went 104-249-2 in the same season.



When the coal ran out, so did the people of Buxton. By the 1930s the town largely dissipated and eventually fell to status as a southern Iowa ghost town. With the town went the Wonders, disappearing from the diamonds of Midwestern towns only to exist as a memory of glory days gone by. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar



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