Manitoba Snapshots 1903     

George DuquetteEd McCarthy


The battery for Brandon, 1903. Left-hander George L. Duquette (winner of 21 of 22 decisions) and catcher Ed McCarthy (right).

Duquette, at age 29, had three years of pro experience in the Northern New York League.

He began 1903 with Syracuse of the New York State League and Winnipeg of the Northern League.

After Brandon shutdown its season in August, the Detroit Tigers announced they had signed Duquette.

"Duke" was supposed to join the club in Cleveland.

During practice, Duquette reportedly wrenched is knee and was unable to walk for two weeks. The club put him on leave for the rest of the season.

After recovering, the lefty suited up with Madison, New Jersey, in what appears to have been amateur or semi-pro ball, and in his first game all he did was toss a no-hitter in a 1-0 victory. The winners got just two hits, with Duquette getting one of them, a double, and scoring the only run. The report said he would be with Detroit in 1904.

He wasn't. He ended up playing in the Class "C" Hudson River League in 1904 and 1905 and in amateur or semi-pro ball in New Jersey to 1911.