By CHRIS GODBOLD
Curator of Collections
Baseball is a classic American pastime and is as popular now as it was 125 years ago.
Baseball has been played in Fort Bend County since at least the 1890s. There were teams in Rosenberg and Richmond at that time. Sugar Land also had a semi-pro team.
In 1903, the Rosenberg team played four Waddell brothers: George caught, Ed pitched, Jake played first base, and Bob played a deep second base. A fifth brother, Charlie, didn’t play. The Rosenberg team included S.R Heard, Albert Lee, F. L. Heard, Percy Mulcahy, Stephen McCormick, Charlie Lester, Clem Mulcahy, Richard Mulcahy, and Dick Chew. The teams played in front of 500 people for a purse of $50. Amazingly, the Waddell brothers won the game 43 to 14!
In 2003 and 2004 little league teams from Richmond
advanced to the Little League World Series. The Sugar Land Skeeters independent league baseball team was founded in 2010 and began play in 2012.
Funding has been provided to the Fort Bend History Association from Humanities Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020.
Fort Bend Museum Staff