For some reason, the term "Yankton Terrys" popped into my head this morning. I knew there had been a Winner Pheasants team back in the 1950's. Sometime around 1953, 54, 55 or so, one of my uncles who liked baseball took my brother and I to a semi-pro baseball game in Yankton. My memory of that is less than clear.
Anyway, I started trying to find information. The Yankton P&D requires somekind of registration for some reason to see their web pages, so that was a waste of time. Anyway, Google found the link below. In that
story is a list of the teams and some of the more famous players that got a taste of South Dakota back in those days.
I am no big sports fan, but interesting reading anyway and more than a few familiar South Dakota names turn up in the stories.
So if Sturgis TITANS, Yankton TERRYS, Valentine HEARTS are not familiar names, stroll back through some sports history. A full list of the teams in the continuation. Incidentally, if you like me wondered why the Yankton,SD teas was called "Terrys", it apparently came from "The Territorials" harking back to the days Yankton was the territorial capitol. Which while stringing things along here, reminds me of one of my father's landlords. One of Basil Wright's favorite stories was telling about making a job application and then being questioned about having been born in "Yankton, DT. " He also always put butter on potatoes before putting on gravy. He said it was to counteract the poison in potatoes, but I think it was more because he really liked butter. Bill Fleming of HOT PINK consulting of Rapid City (That's a free plug there, Sonny) thinks we should be collecting good old stories before we are too old to remember them. Might be a good idea.
Some of the stuff we might dredge up could be truly funny and human in the best sense.
**Stay tuned and yes, I would be in a better mood with a little sunshine and a few less clouds..Today at least..no sense not being really particular about things we can't change--Doug Wiken
List of Basin League Teams around mostly in South Dakota from probably 1953 to 1983
* RAPID CITY CHIEFS
* STURGIS TITANS
* PIERRE COWBOYS
* WINNER PHEASANTS
* WATERTOWN LAKE SOX
* VALENTINE HEARTS
* MITCHELL KERNELS
* HURON JIMS .
* SIOUX FALLS PACKERS
* CHAMBERLAIN MALLARDS
* MOBRIDGE LAKERS
* CHAMBERLAIN CHIEFS
* YANKTON TERRYS
* HURON ELKS