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1926-1927 Baseball Season
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Back Row: Tetner (no first name given), B. Schaefer, Kenneth Horn, McNeil (no first name given), Leonard Peterson, Paul Loring, Kaplan (no first name given), Arthur Berndt, Niesen Bank, Donald Landy. Middle Row: Walter Seeman, Frank Battaglia, Alton Curtis, Sidney Schendel, Head Coach M.T. Kennedy, Dudley Langford, Clifford Snyder, Wesley Pruyn, Victor Johnson. Front row: Louis Karch, Glen Welton, Jack Greenberg, Harold St. Germaine, Paul Schaefer, Dennis Dougherty, Milton Bach, Russell Kell, David Alpert.

The 1926-1927 baseball season opened with North being the two –time defending conference champion.  North was picked at the beginning of the season to repeat, but the Polars knew it would be a challenge. 

 

The defense of their title opened against West.  Paul Schaefer, the Polar Pitcher, allowed only two hits.  The Polars managed nine runs, in shutting out the team from West.  The weather was cold, which gave the advantage to the pitchers, but the Polar batters were just warming up.

 

The second game of the season was against Washburn.  This time, three pitchers, Clifford Snyder, Alton Curtis and Sidney Schendel, shut out the Millers 10-0. 

 

The Poalrs were going for their third shut out in a row when they played Marshall. They almost earned it but a Marshall player hit a two run homer to end the shut out streak.  The Polars bats were very alive, scoring 15 runs on their way their to their third straight victory.

 

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The Polars work the squeeze play to perfection.

The Game against Roosevelt was supposed to be played at an earlier date, but it was postponed until the fourth game of the season.  The normally reliable Polar pitchers gave up 12 runs, which would have defeated any team.  However, the Polars would not be out-done.  The North nine scored 22 runs, winning their fourth game.

 

North played West for the second time.  Since losing the first game, West had been on a winning streak.  In fact, A West victory would put them in a tie with North for first place.  Schafer again pitched for the Polar.  This time, he struck out 18 batters on his was to a 10-0 victory.

 

The Polars perfect season came to an end when they played South.  North out hit the Tigers, but left 13 runners on base.  South won a close game, 4-0.

 

The Polars won the next three games easily defeating Roosevelt, 12-0, Washburn, 25-4, and Marshall, 25-2.  The Polars would then try to get revenge for their only loss against South.  Again, the game was close. 

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1925, 1926 and 1927 conference championship trophies
With Schaefer pitching for the Polars, the Tigers held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning.  The Polars scored two runs to take a 3-2 lead.  The Tigers tied the game in the top of the eighth.  The Polars finally pushed across the winning run in the bottom of the eighth for a 4-3 final score.

 

North and Edison finished in a tie for the conference title.  Since the two teams did not play during the regular season, a playoff was set for Nicollet Park.  North’s fielding was supurb, with Edison making three errors.  However, the errors did not lead to any runs.  There was a scoreless tie going into the eighth inning.  North managed to get runners on second and third.  It appeared that the Polars would score one run when Glen Welton dropped down what looked like a perfect suicide squeeze.  However, the ball rolled foul at the last second.  Edison was expecting another but, so they pulled the infield in.  On the next pitch, Welton singled over the first baseman’s head, plating the only two runs of the game.