Always popular within Pipestone, the Training School baseball team enjoyed broader attention from 1905 to 1910, when it had the most wins in its history. The Training School team played against teams from other schools, both American Indian and white. It regularly traveled off-campus to play town teams in other regions, and some of those teams were composed of adults or professional players. Off-campus trips allowed Pipestone’s student players more freedom than they were given at school and expanded their horizons. Sometimes, talented American Indian players were recruited from Pipestone Indian Training School to play as freelancers for other teams in the summer. This gave them individual recognition and a source of income.
i wish this article gave a little more context on Indian schools overall. it would be interesting to see how this baseball team (and other like it) fit in the actual context of the schools and what they did.