Baseball Game near Forest Grove


Baseball Game near Forest Grove


A baseball game in the vicinity of Forest Grove, Oregon circa 1910-1914. The teams appear to be changing sides, with people walking to and from the infield. A covered stand in the background seats women spectators. Men and boys sit on the sidelines watching the game. A makeshift dugout for one of the teams is along the fence. On the hill behind the baseball field, there is a small orchard (center-left), a logged field (right), a hops field (top of hill along the ridge), and several small houses (lower right). Based on other images by Clapshaw, this likely depicts the team from Hillside, Oregon. There is another photograph that depicts the same field and possibly the same game; see image PUA_MS154_019.
This is one image from a set of glass plate negatives created by William Alonso Clapshaw. Clapshaw was a clerk and shopkeeper who lived near Forest Grove, Oregon for most of his life. He was born in 1880, probably at the family's home in the Hillside neighborhood of Forest Grove, on what is now Clapshaw Hill Road east of Gales Creek. Around 1910-1914, William took an interest in photography and created a set of glass plate negatives documenting scenes near his family's lands as well as images of himself, his friends and family members. He most likely used a silver gelatin dry plate process. The photographs were donated to the Pacific University Archives in 2023.

Date: Display

circa 1910-1914





Gelatin silver negatives