Independence Jewelers

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The Independence Jewelers were a minor league baseball team that played during the 1908 season. Based in Independence, Kansas, the team played in the Oklahoma–Kansas League.[1] They were managed by Harry Truby.[2] The team was the best-drawing squad in the league, with Sporting Life calling the city of Independence "baseball mad."[3]

The most notable player on the 1908 Jewelers team was pitcher Gene Packard. While pitching for Independence against Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 26th, Packard had a single hit shutout victory.[4] On August 8th Packard pitched a game against Bartlesville, Oklahoma in which no Bartlesville player reached first base. The headlines in the local newspaper described the perfect game as a world's record.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BR Minors
  2. ^ July 11, 1908 Sporting Life
  3. ^ August 8, 1908 Sporting Life
  4. ^ Lamb, Bill. "Gene Packard". Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved 24 March 2016. 
  5. ^ "Packard Breaks World's Record". Independence Daily Reporter. August 10, 1908.