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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A group of Eastern park superintendents stopped in Spokane to tour the city’s park system, and their verdict was that Spokane had vast park potential.

“Your wonderful pines, with their strong, rugged character and deep coloring in keeping with the hills and cliffs surrounding them, should be perpetuated,” said Herman W. Markel, superintendent of New York’s Bronx Park. “Some of your park views I should like to be able to buy and transplant to New York. They would be worth any figure one could name.”

The Minneapolis parks superintendent said Spokane’s park system was “bound to become one of the most famous in the country.”

Markel went even further. He said that “with a reasonable amount of money, in a few years you will have one of the finest park systems in the world.”

From the baseball beat: A front page editorial cartoon showed a man labeled “Spokane Fan,” dancing with joy and waving his hat, while a pennant was hoisted by a Spokane baseball player.

Why? Because the Spokane Indians were leading the Northwestern League with a record of 72 wins and 45 losses. The second-place team, Tacoma, had 63 wins and 56 losses and third-place Seattle had 61 wins and 58 losses.

Sadly, “Spokane Fan” celebrated too soon. Spokane would go into a swoon, and Seattle would win the pennant in September.


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