Monday, February 27, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: February 27

February 27, 1911 – Today the Minnesota Senate went on record in favor of Sunday baseball. It killed Senator Sageng’s bill repealing the law permitting the exercise of the great American sport on the Sabbath. On the final vote there were 20 senators opposed to Sunday baseball and 27 for it.

The bill came up in the committee of the whole where Senator Stebbins of Rochester moved its indefinite postponement. Senator Stebbins said his constituents were in favor of Sunday baseball.

Senator Sageng, the lone Populist from Otter Tail, objected. He said that no bill passed in the 1903 session had caused so much criticism as the Sunday baseball measure. On a rising vote Senator Stebbins’ measure prevailed 27 to 17.

When the committee made its report Senator Sageng moved the report be rejected and the bill placed on the calendar. He demanded a roll call and on this motion were 20 yeas and 27 nays, reflecting the attitude on Sunday baseball.

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “Sunday Ball Games Get Senate Sanction. Sageng Bill Prohibiting the National Sport on Sabbath Is Laid Away. By Vote of 27 to 20, Solons Stand for Indefinite Postponement. Otter Tail Member Makes a Fight for His Measure, But Loses.”; Feb. 28, 1911; p. 1.

1911 Minneapolis Millers Cap


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