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FLASHBACK: 1913 – Racine Belles play home-and-home doubleheader against Milwaukee Mollys on same day

FlashbackA big deal was made a few years ago when the New York Mets and New York Yankees played a home-and-home doubleheader against one another on the same day. Over 100 years ago, the same thing happened in the Wisconsin-Illinois Baseball League and Racine played a role.

The Racine Belles played a morning game against the Milwaukee Mollys on Decoration Day (now Memorial Day) in Wisconsin-Illinois Baseball League. Racine won 5-1 in front of the best crowd of the season in Racine, according to newspaper reports.

The teams then traveled to Milwaukee where the Belles won 4-2 in front of a crowd of 1,500.

The Milwaukee Sentinel reported that “A delegation of [Racine] Horlick followers, numbering about fifty, did more rooting than the rest of the spectators put together and helped take the funeral aspect off the engagement.”

Racine had two entries in the Wisconsin-Illinois League from 1909 to 1914. The Racine Malted Milks represented the city from 1909-1911 and again in 1914 and the Racine Belles participated in the league in 1912 and 1913. What is now current day Historic Horlick Athletic Field was then called the Wisconsin-Illinois League field. Casey Stengel played against the Racine Malted Milks at Wisconsin-Illinois field in 1911.