In 1855, the 4th ward “on the hill” challenged the 3rd ward “on the flats” to a baseball game. It was the earliest local game on record and after two hours of being pummeled by the players from the flats, the 4th ward players gave up.
Over the next 150 years, Dubuque County would become home to several professional teams, several future Hall of Famers, and even several set locations for one of the most iconic baseball films of all time. Hometown Home Runs, a new mini-exhibit from the Dubuque County Historical Society, highlights Dubuque’s love affair with America’s favorite pastime. On display at the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium, artifacts help bring Dubuque’s rich baseball tradition to life.
Hometown Home Runs is the second of three planned mini-exhibits at the River Museum in 2020. The first, Collecting Then and Now, opened in February. The third, a mini-exhibit on the local women’s suffrage movement, will open in August. All three mini-exhibits are located in the main concourse of the Mississippi River Discovery Center. A fourth local history exhibit, Linwood Legacies, is open at the Mathias Ham Historic Site and also features artifacts from the Dubuque County Historical Society.