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Time Traveller: The Wallace Shipyards baseball team could really play

The North Shore-based squad scored a big win over the Vancouver Sun to win the pennant in 1919 ⚾
Time Traveller: Wallace Shipyards baseball.

Baseball season is back! In 1914, a group of men working at the Wallace Shipyards formed a baseball team, simply named “The Wallace Shipyards,” and joined the North Shore Baseball League.

The team disbanded after this first season, but reformed following the First World War.

In 1919, led by star players Jack Wyard, Ernie Jolliffe and ace pitcher Art Gourlay, the “North Shore Nine” went on to win the Vancouver Commercial League and the Senior Championship Pennants. The latter was won in a series against the Vancouver Sun at Athletic Park, which saw the Wallaces handily defeat the Sun 13-2 and 8-2.

Visit the MONOVA website for more information about the history of the North Shore and to plan your visit to MONOVA: Museum of North Vancouver, now open at 115 West Esplanade in The Shipyards.

Currently, MONOVA: Archives of North Vancouver, at 3203 Institute Road in Lynn Valley, is open by appointment only. Contact: [email protected]

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