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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Sept. 1919 visits from Mack, Ruth, Sisler and Johnson

This boxscore appeared in Register day after George Sisler and Walter Johnson visited.

Thanks to a Sunday baseball ban in several major American cities, fans in New Haven, which allowed Sunday ball, got to see a steady stream of visiting major league clubs in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Whether the opponent was Yale, New Haven’s minor league outfit or one of several competitive semi-pro teams, some of the all-time greats once graced area ballfields, often on a regular basis.

Take September 1919, an especially exciting month. On four straight weekends, the New Haven Weissmen of the Eastern League took on big league opponents.

For recaps on each read Chip Malafronte's full story.'s stats page for 1919 Weissmen

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