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.

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“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

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Dawson Women’s Softball ‘98ers Team. Yukon Archives, Lewis G. Billard fonds, 2000/49, #251

 

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Discovery Day, August 17, 1949, Dawson men’s softball game. Yukon Archives, Lewis G. Billard Fonds, 2000/49 #241

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Dawson Women’s Softball ‘98ers Team. Yukon Archives, Lewis G. Billard fonds, 2000/49, #246

 

The Bear Creek Bears, winners of the men’s softball game, posing at the Dawson sports Field. Yukon Archives, Lewis G. Billard fonds, 2000/49, #244

The Bear Creek Bears, winners of the men’s softball game, posing at the Dawson sports Field.
Yukon Archives, Lewis G. Billard fonds, 2000/49, #244

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