Posts by Anthony Bush

The Suburb of Proctor

The 1941 WPA Guide to the Minnesota Arrowhead Country describes Proctor, Minnesota, as “the greatest iron ore transportation center in the world.” The city then boasted the world’s largest railroad sorting yard—57 miles of track on 240 acres—which could hold nearly 6,500 rail cars. The rail yard—and hence, the town—owes its existence to the 1893…

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Baseball’s Individual Duluth Dukes

Long before the Duluth Dukes took to the diamond at Athletic Park in 1935, at least four different professional baseball players were known as “The Duke of Duluth” or the “Duluth Duke.” Arthur Michael O’Dea was the first. Born in Halton County, Ontario, Canada, in 1875, O’Dea served as the playing manager of the minor…

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Dan Morgan

Pitcher Dan Morgan gained notice for his submarine style of pitching, often described as “unhittable.” His efforts on the mound afforded him a shot at the majors and a place on the University of Minnesota “M Club” Hall of Fame for athletic achievement. He was perhaps the best pitcher to ever emerge from Superior, Wisconsin,…

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William “Rasty” Wright

Professional baseball player William “Rasty” Wright didn’t make much of an impact in the big leagues, playing for two teams in one year before returning to the minors. He was hardly a terrible player: he could hit well and get on base, and was likely the first minor-league player to reach 2,000 career hits. But…

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