More than a Market

Inside Out Block 4

Courtesy Champlain College Special Collections


In 1928, the Lakeside 9 played–and lost–a highly anticipated game against Chappie Johnson’s Colored Champions of Montreal. Burlington Free Press, October 6, 1928.

Baseball was a favorite pastime in Lakeside. On summer nights, porches overflowed with spectators as the Lakeside 9, a team organized by the Queen City Cotton Company, played against local teams sponsored by businesses like the American Woolen Mills in Winooski and the Wells-Richardson Company in Burlington.

Children loitered under the stands, collecting cast-off beer bottles to redeem for penny candy.  Danis men featured prominently on the team rosters for decades.