1940s and 1950s: Ralph Lortie’s Baseball Days

“In the 1940s and early 1950s, baseball and softball were played at the ballpark on the corner of 4th Avenue and Main Street in Whitehorse.
“My choice of career as a geologist meant that summers were spent in the bush, not in town so as to play ball. For the first two summers (’66 and ’67), this choice was difficult to live with. I often sat on a log or a rock outcrop, swatting mosquitoes, black flies or deer flies (or all three), and wondered what the heck I was doing there, and why I wasn’t at home in Whitehorse, playing the game I loved so much, in that special place — the ball park by the curling club. We boys spent thousands of hours, certainly a few hundred afternoons, playing scrub there…”
-Written by Ralph Lortie

Baseball game in the ball park next to the Curling Club and the Civic Centre. Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2010-91-472

Baseball game in the ball park next to the Curling Club and the Civic Centre.
Yukon Archives, Rolf and Margaret Hougen fonds, 2010-91-472

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