Early local baseball teams named themselves the Know-nothings and Bummers

Although a number of baseball teams were formed in Boise during the 1870s — including the public school Dodgers of 1875, who played the town team Capitals — the most important feature of the decade was the intense rivalry that developed between town teams and soldier teams from Fort Boise. The Fort and the town had grown up together since 1863 and knew a lively interaction in social life that was occasionally antagonistic but generally friendly. The little frontier town of the ’60s and ’70s felt it needed the military post for…
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