Baseball was actively played on St. Paul Island by community members until sometime in 1960-1970’s when a transition to softball occurred. The game of softball is actively played by community members during the summer and remains an important part of the community events and activities, with a community tournaments on Fourth of July and on June 14, the date of the evacuation.
The Evacuation day tournament marks the importance of the game to the community and honors the history and significance of the evacuation event. The team names (Team Funter Bay, Team Delarof, Team Baidars, and the 44’s) reflect the tie between baseball and St. Paul Island’s history by referencing historic teams and events.
Games are still played on the same field that the Knock Down and Skin’em club played on, and still draw crowds of community members to cheer their teams and honks their horns in appreciation of good plays.
The community has cheered loudly, emphatically and passionately for this game for 150 years and this love extends for any team they follow, be that for the M’s, the Baidars, LA Dodgers, or the 44’s.