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Iowa Time Machine: Sioux City Ghosts - May 10, 1925

Iowa Time Machine ⏰: On May 10, 1925, the Sioux City Ghosts first appeared in local newspaper reports. An all-Black fast-pitch softball team, the Ghosts often drew comparisons to the Harlem Globetrotters while touring the county during the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.

The Ghosts started as a team at the West 7th Street area boys club. Playing at the Hopkins School playground, the team consisted of roughly forty members and captured the Sioux City Junior League Championship during their first season.

The boys soon turned to men and joined the Sioux City Senior League, again capturing the championship. When local businessman Jack Page sponsored the team, the Ghosts started traveling. Gaining a reputation for entertaining play, the Ghosts soon adopted a signature uniform consisting of black uniforms emblazoned with an orange skull and crossbones.

In 1934, the Ghosts added basketball to the team’s repertoire, while also developing gimmicks like throwing melons instead of softballs or riding bicycles in the outfield. Over the team’s existence the Ghosts galloped to more than 2,000 wins while touring all over North America during the middle-part of the 20th century. #IowaOTD #IowaHistoryDaily #IowaHistoryCalendar


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