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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 9, 1920

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Aug. 9, 1920

ASHLAND BOY IS SIGNED BY BIG LEAGUE TEAM

Ashland, Aug. 9. — The New York Giant baseball aggregation will be reinforced by the acquisition to its ranks of Kenneth Lilly, noted all-around athlete of this city, who has signed up with the New Yorkers and left for the east. A Stanford student Lilly is to be allowed to return to that institution on or about Oct. 1, in order to continue his studies, as he in nowise contemplates entering into the profession athletic lists permanently. As to compensation, it is tacitly understood that this National league organization has secured Lilly upon his own terms, the generous salary exceeding $500 monthly. In a sense the New Yorkers employed him right off the bat. Nevertheless, they traced his baseball pedigree to some extent before the contract was clinched, the merits of his performance having been made a matter of close investigation at first hand on the diamond by competent experts, who reported accordingly, and the deal was closed in short order.

Lilly has held an enviable record all thru his school days. Graduate of the Ashland high school, he led where others followed, both in studies and athletic development, standing for the highest ideals in either intellectual qualifications or in the field of sports. Having “graduated” from the amateur to a professional qualification in baseball, his future achievements will in nowise suffer by comparison. He was a universal favorite at Stanford, and foremost as an exponent of sports afield at that leading institution. However, professional baseball with him will be but a temporary occupation, inasmuch as the practice of law is his ultimate goal, and at the time of making this engagement with the Giants he was taking a postgraduate course in that profession at Stanford.

MANY MEDFORD PEOPLE SUNDAY AT CRATER LAKE

Sunday was another big day at Crater Lake with many Medford and valley people in the big throng from all parts of the United States. Some of the local people remained over from Saturday, but the majority arrived at the lake Sunday morning and forenoon. The lodge hotel was filled, as it is almost every night lately, and a large number of Medfordites en route to the lake stopped over at Jim Grieve’s hotel at Prospect last night to enjoy the food and sleep for which this resort is famous. Before 7:30 p.m., the hotel was crowded to capacity and 21 would be guests had been turned away. To be on the safe side nowadays people have to make reservations at this stopping place a day or two ahead.

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