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In Lafayette, Indiana, a wood-sawing contest between baseball teams raises money for charity

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11/01/1867

In response to an anonymous newspaper jibe on the futility of baseball and that wood-sawing for the poor would provide better exercise, the "Hoosier" baseball club of Lafayette, Indiana challenged the other two clubs in town, along with the Young Men's Christian Association to a wood-sawing contest to raise money for charity.  At the end of proceedings, the Hoosiers were the victors over the Y.M.C.A. by "half a cord" and were immediately proclaimed the "champion wood-sawyers of the world."  The event reportedly raised around $300 for the poor of the town.  (By John Osborne)

Source Citation: 

"The Wood-Sawyers Tournament," Harper's Weekly Magazine, November 30, 1867, p. 758.

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