VANCOUVER & THE LOWER MAINLAND
With the professional Vancouver Veterans of the Northwestern League now simply a memory entering the 1906 campaign, the amateur baseballers had things pretty well to themselves in and around Vancouver. The press of the day, however, showed little interest in reporting amateur activities on the diamond as cricket and lacrosse grabbed the lion’s share of what sports coverage appeared. The amateur version of the American pastime was still in growth mode and not a single article on local baseball during 1906, and even then just a brief snippet, appeared in editions of the Vancouver Daily World until well into June, a time frame well beyond the normal startup point for diamond activities in the lower mainland.
All that could be gleaned from the entire spring and summer publications were:
- the existence of a pair of teams identified as senior-level (the Seymours and the Standards)
- a three-team Retail Clerks (Commercial) League - played at the Cambie Street grounds – battled for the Foster Cup (eventually won by the Clothiers)