Description: This picture shows a men's baseball team in Mineral Wells, but the identification of the team and the men are unknown. Ike Zablosky (sometimes spelled Zabronski), a Russian immigrant, arrived in America in 1906. He entered the fur-trading business in Mineral Wells, and is credited with naming the Possum Kingdom area when a customer inquired about some premium pelts. Zablosky replied that he had none at the time, but "When my boys return from the possum kingdom, I'm sure they will have some." In Mineral Wells, Zablosky operated a class C professional league baseball team (the Resorters). He became owner of the first professional baseball team in Dallas, later in life. The Chicago White Sox are known to have held their Spring Training camp in Mineral Wells in 1911, and again in a three-year stretch of 1916, 1917, and 1918. It has not been established whether the players shown in this picture are part of the Resorters or White Sox teams. The man in the background, with an apparent uniform, is shown holding an instrument whose function has not been determined.
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