Topeka Kaws, Western League, 1913. A few players of note: Dale Gear, a key figure in Topeka's early baseball history; Josh Billings, a native of Jefferson County who was a back-up catcher in the majors for 11 seasons; "Pep" Hornsby, brother of Rogers Hornsby; and Polly McLarry, who gets a mention only because he reportedly carried a dead man's finger as his good luck charm. (Kansas Historical Society.)
Denver Bears 1952 Home Jersey WESTERN LEAGUE Sometimes baseball experiments take root (as in the DH), and sometimes they fail to gain traction. In the latter category was Denver's "strike zone" uniform, which made its debut against Omaha in August, 1952. Now, why the Denver management thought making it easier to call strikes against its players was a good thing we don't know. Or perhaps they were responding to the quality of umpiring in the Western League by being helpful.
Bud Fowler (center), the earliest known professional black baseball player pictured with one of his teams, the Keokuk, Iowa team of the Western League. Fowler (born John W. Jackson) is believed to have played from 1878 - 1895.