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Fresno Fire Department Baseball Team

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It was not uncommon for local police and fire departments to have baseball teams in the early twentieth century. Beginning in 1909, the two Fresno agencies scrimmaged with vigor, competing for an annual trophy and city-wide bragging rights.  Fresno’s emergency responders began playing at Firemen & Policemen’s Park near the Fairgrounds upon its completion in 1922. Gate funds were allocated to families of both agencies. The name was changed to simply Firemen’s Park in 1927, possibly for the team’s numerous wins. 

The Fresno Fire Department team photographed by one of Fresno’s early photographers, Fred C. Ninnis.