‘Keep Pro Baseball’: The Aberdeen Pheasants Baseball Team, 1946–1971

“‘Keep Pro Baseball’: The Aberdeen Pheasants Baseball Team, 1946–1971,” tells the story of the city’s link to “big-league” baseball. The community’s pride in its team was on full display in June 1964, when the Baltimore Orioles played an exhibition game with their minor-league affiliate in Aberdeen, which went on to win that year’s Northern League championship. Although the Pheasants had a core of dedicated fans, waning interest in minor-league baseball spelled doom for the Northern League in 1971. Author Daryl Webb is an assistant professor of history at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.