First Night Game in Baseball History

Holcomb Park

Des Moines Iowa

Former home of the Des Moines Demons
Des Moines Boosters
(Western League)

Photographs of the 1st night game in baseball history
appear courtesy of
Chris Hunter of the
Schenectady Museum and
Science Center
from the G.E. Collection of Historic Photographs
(special thanks to Stephen L.J. Russo)
By 1916, George Mogridge had been promoted, but Claude Thomas (15-15, 3.32) and Paul Musser (22-14, 2.75) remained to keep the team in the game. Tex Jones continued to lead the Boosters in hitting with a new record 47 doubles, 8 triples and 8 HRs while batting .319 as the Boosters finished even at 75-75 for the 1916 campaign. Paul Musser continued to pitch extremely well posting his 3rd straight 20 win season as he put up a 23-18 record with 337 strikeouts but it was a newcomer… future Detroit Tigers' Rudy Kallio who would beat George Mobridge's all time records as he posted a 25-9, 1.76 record, taking the Holcomb Park lead in wins and ERA. Making very little impact on the team meanwhile was a guy by the name of Lefty O'Doul. O'Doul would go on to become the first future Major League All-Star to come from Holcomb Park, but at this time O'Doul was still a pitcher. Putting up an 8-6, 3.83 record, the future Yankee/Dodger/Giant and Philly (one of the few to play on all 3 NY teams) was far from the player who would go on to hit .398 with 254 hits in the Major Leagues (Phillies 1929) and .383 (Phillies 1930). Still with his help in the bullpen and the 22 and 25 wins by Musser and Kallio… the Boosters were able to pull out a 1st place 84-62 performance and take home their 2nd Championship in 3 seasons to Holcomb Park, even with Tex Jones being promoted and very little in the batting order to take his place.