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Members of an unknown baseball team are shown here posing near the grandstand prior to a game. Some of the caps and uniform jerseys appear to bear a "KC" insignia. The only person identified in the photo is William Bert Hart of Westmoreland. He is standing fourth from the right in the group of players. Bert Hart was a well-known semi-professional baseball player in northern Kansas during the 1910s and early 1920s. Both a pitcher and infielder, he played not only for the Westmoreland town team, but also for semi-pro teams in Green, Clay Center, and Beloit. In 1920, with Hart as its regular shortstop and occasional pitcher, the Beloit Leaguers salaried team claimed the "independent state championship of Kansas." Hart spent most of his work career at the post office in Westmoreland; he and his wife Margaret also operated a hotel and restaurant there for several years during the 1940s.

Date: Between 1910 and 1920

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Item Number: 315103
Call Number: 2016-157
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 315103

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