THEN: Baseball was a popular community sport in Pickerington in the early 1900s.

THEN: Baseball was a popular community sport in Pickerington in the early 1900s.

This photograph of a 1901 Pickerington baseball team was taken just east of Frank Dovel's residence at 50 Hill Road South.

The name "Union" on the uniforms has no relevance to Pickerington.

Team player and Pickerington native, James G. Kraner, worked at the Union, a retail store in downtown Columbus. He played on the company's baseball team.

When the Union team disbanded, Kraner asked for its uniforms and brought them home for his Pickerington teammates to wear.

The team included George Price, Boyd Dovel, Cliff Moore (mascot), Gus "Stoney" Sallee, Omar Fenstermaker, Charles Scott, Charles Arthur (manager), James G. Kraner, Philip B. Mason, C. Frank Shoemaker and Thomas Kraner.

NOW: The 1901 baseball team photo is one of approximately 175 images included in a new pictorial history about Pickerington.

The book and its author will be featured during an Open House at the Pickerington-Violet Township Historical Society Museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6.

The museum offers free admission and is located at 15 E. Columbus St. in Olde Pickerington Village. It is furnished with toys, tools, fashions, photos and more from our community's past.

The building featured on the cover of the new book is E.D. Kraner's Store in the early 1900s, which is located across the street from the Museum.

Imagine seeing (from right) Orlie Fisher, Dr. Charles H. Kramer, E.D. Kraner, Jess Stemen and Old Sport sitting on the porch of what is now David Beckham Photography.

The museum's Open House marks its grand opening for the 2013 season.

For Museum Open House details, go to or call 614-382-5989.

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