The Buxton Wonders Baseball Team was partially sponsored by the Consolidation Coal Company through the donation of land to play on, building bleachers and even paying for uniforms for this traveling team. It is reported that this team always had both African-American and white players and traveled to such places as Chicago, Illinois, Kansas City, Missouri and Birmingham, Alabama, though they were not always well received in other towns. Admission to the Buxton home games was $0.50, and often the city band held concerts after the games.
- Is having a traveling baseball team a “need” or a “want” for a community?
- What does the existence of the Buxton Wonders baseball team tell us about the economic success of Buxton?
- Why would a coal company sponsor a baseball team?
Osborn, Nancy, "Buxton Wonders Baseball Team," 1915. Courtesy of University of Iowa Libraries and Archives