Western Canada Baseball 1901

1901 Rosters
    
1901 Stats     
1901 Tournaments / Exhibitions    

WINNIPEG CITY LEAGUE
Capitals, Maples, Nationals, St. Boniface, Unions Zephyrs
1901 Manitoba Game Reports      
 
NORTH WEST TERRITORIES - ASSINIBOIA & SASKATCHEWAN
1901 Assiniboia & Sask Game Reports     
 
NORTH WEST TERRITORIES - ALBERTA
1901 Game Reports Alberta       
 
BRITISH COLUMBIA   
1901 BC Game Reports           
 
NORTH DAKOTA LEAGUE
Cavalier, Devils Lake, Fargo, Grand Forks, Hillsboro, Lakota, Langdon, Larimore, Milton
       
       
 

 

     

During 1901, the popularity of baseball, America’s national pastime, continued to expand within most western Canadian communities, in particular Winnipeg / Southern Manitoba, the lower mainland and Vancouver Island of British Columbia and those areas within close proximity to the U.S. border.

This increased interest in baseball was especially evident in the upsurge of coverage afforded by the print media in Winnipeg and Vancouver over the previous season. Interestingly cricket, another bat and ball recreational activity, this one of British origin, was also a very in-vogue sport during this era. 

According to the 1901 Canada census, Winnipeg was western Canada’s largest city with a population of 42,336, a figure which ranked sixth in the nation. Vancouver and Victoria, at 26,196 and 20,831 respectively, were the second and third most populous western Canadian cities but, on a national level, they ranked tenth and twelfth. Their level of population growth, especially when factoring in immigration from nearby American border towns, would appear to have some bearing upon baseball’s surge in prominence.

Most communities had loosely integrated baseball nines which occasionally partook in friendly exhibitions with adjacent and neighbouring towns but organized leagues were rare. Participating in baseball helped immigrant settlers from Europe better integrate into western Canada’s pioneer society.