Capitol Hill Historical Society | 13th and Jefferson Park – Part 2: The father of Seattle Baseball

D. E. Dugdale, 1902 (David Eskenazi collection, used with permission)

Part 1Opening Day 1895

Part 2: The father of Seattle Baseball — The athletic field at 13th and Jefferson was the first home of the Father of Seattle Baseball, D. E. Dugdale. Dugdale is famous for creating a team in 1901 that eventually spawned the Milwaukee Brewers and the Seattle Mariners. But that was later, after YMCA Park.

In March 1898 D. E. “Eddie” Dugdale entered the Seattle baseball scene as a player, coach and owner of a professional team in the new Pacific Northwest League named the Klondikers. They took their name from the gold rush that started late the previous year when a ton of gold arrived on the steamer Portland in Seattle. The first game was in May in front of an audience of 425. Dugdale sold out his interest in July after the team lost too much money. Without him the team went on to win the pennant for that league as well as another for inter-league championship against California League teams. Dugdale represented PNL in a proposed merger with California, which fell through. Continue reading

Welcome Home, Mariners Party

We’re bringing Safeco Field to Bill’s Off Broadway to welcome the Mariners back to Seattle.  We will have hot dogs, peanuts, cheddar popcorn, and Cracker Jack.  It will be warm and dry inside and our beer is much, much cheaper.  Help us cheer on the Ms and baseball’s return to Emerald City, Monday, April 10th, starting at 2:10 PM.

A Day Out with Dad

Father’s Day Event! A Day Out with Dad
June 15 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Spend Father’s Day at NAAM, now featuring Pitch Black: African American Baseball in Washington! To complement the exhibit, we are hosting a Day Out with Dad with activities to celebrate fathers, summer, and America’s favorite pastime! Join us at 1:00 pm for the screening of The Jackie Robinson Story, the 1950 black-and-white film starring Jackie Robinson himself. Throughout the day you and Dad can enjoy arts and crafts activities, baseball dress up and picture taking, and ballpark snacks. The museum will also provide whiffle ball gear and bases for some friendly outdoor pickup games. Come have a ball with us this Father’s Day!