File 47-437 - Baseball Jr. Nr. Riot

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Baseball Jr. Nr. Riot

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  • September 15, 1947 (Publication)
    Kitchener-Waterloo Record
  • September 13, 1947 (Creation)
    Kitchener-Waterloo Record

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1 photograph : b&w copy negative ; 10 x 8 cm

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Record began with the publication of the Daily News of Berlin on Feb. 9, 1878, and was the first daily paper in the area. It was published by Peter Moyer. Over the years it had several names and publishers: in Jan. 1897 it was purchased by the German Printing and Publishing Co. and was amalgamated with that company's Berlin Daily Record to become the Berlin News Record, and later still the News Record, all published by W.V. Uttley. In 1918 the publishers of the German-language paper the Berliner Journal, W.D. Euler and William J. Motz, purchased the News Record and changed the name to the Kitchener Daily Record. On July 17, 1922 the Record absorbed the other daily, the Daily Telegraph. Thus the original three daily papers (the News Record, the Berlin Daily Record, and the Daily Telegraph) became one.

The Berliner Journal began in Dec. 29, 1859 by Frederick Rittinger and John Motz, and was located on Queen St. S in Kitchener. Motz remained editor until his death in 1899, at which time his some William acquired his father's interest. When Rittinger died in 1915 his share was acquired by W.D. Euler. The weekly Journal ended on May 10, 1924. The Record’s first staff photographer was Harry Huehnergard, who worked for the paper for 49 years before retiring in 1986 as Manager of the Photographic Department.

In 1948 the Kitchener Daily Record was re-named the Kitchener-Waterloo Record, which name it retained until 1994, when it became simply The Record. In 1928 the paper moved from its home at 49 King St. W. to a new building at Queen and Duke St., 30 Queen St. N., where it was to stay for 44 years until moving in May 1973 to 225 Fairway Road. When William J. Motz died in 1946 his son John E. Motz took over as publisher. The by-then Senator Euler sold his interest to Southam Press in 1953. John E. Motz died in 1975 and the Motz Family continued to own a controlling interest in the paper until 1990, when it was sold to Southam. (Source: Kitchener-Waterloo Record Centennial Souvenir, Feb. 8, 1978. For the later history of this paper, see this Wikipedia article.)

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Photo appeared on Page 8 of the Monday, September 15, 1947 edition of the newspaper as part of the article: "Fans Mob Umpire When Kitchener Loses."

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Photo caption from published version of 47-437_001: "NEAR-RIOT ENDS BALL GAME - Angered by a close decision called at home plate by Umpire Gordon Bradshaw in the Saturday game between London and Kitchener, fans mobbed the umpire at the end of the game. Kitchener Panthers lost by a score of 7 to 3. Top photo [47-437_001] shows the huge crowd as they waited for Umpire Bradshaw to come out of the dug-out while the lower photo [not in envelope] shows some fans as they dashed out on the field during the sixth inning when Harry Psutka was called out on a dash from second to home."

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Photo appeared on Page 81 of Kitchener - 125 Years, the Thursday, June 21, 1979 anniversary edition of the newspaper, as part of the article: "Individual athletes earned admiration."

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Photo caption from published commemorative version of 47-437_001: "NEAR RIOT - Kitchener athletes are not alone in attracting wide attention. City sports fans have had their share of the spotlight in the past, including this near riot at the old Victoria Park baseball grandstand in 1946. When fans took strong exception to an umpire's decision during a junior baseball playoff between teams from Kitchener and Hull, Que., police were called to escort the umpires from the field"

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Caption from commemorative edition contradicts information from published 1947 version of the photo.

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