1930-1940s: Competition in the Klondike
Though the Klondike Gold Rush was long over by the 1930s, gold was still being mined on Klondike Creeks. In fact, Yukon Consolidated Gold continued to operate until the 1960s. In the ‘30s and ‘40s, both women’s and men’s teams from around the Klondike region met often for friendly ball games. Teams were fielded by Granville, Bear Creek, Dominion, the Mounted Police, and others.
“One of the most hilarious softball games the lads have played this year took place at Minto Park Sunday evening. The McCormick Transportation Company’s employees took on the N.C. boys, and by some means, beat them by a score of 14 to 7. Some say it was because “Bud” Holbrook, the pitcher, had some fancy twists on the big ball that rather defied the efforts of his opponents.”
-Newspaper article, July 9, 1940
Discovery Day in Dawson, 1949