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Trapshooting in Madison Square Garden

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  1. tachyon

    tachyon Member

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    This is from "Baseball Magazine" June 1912.

    It is a picture of indoor trapshooting at Madison Square Garden. There were 400 competitors and they turned away many as all posts/times were full. It was an "Outdoor Show" with gun dealers, outdoor suppliers, guides, taxidermy and camping being featured. The trap shooting was a big hit with "large crowds".
     
  2. trapshootin hippie

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    Where are the shooters in shorts with a big overhang? They look much too dapper to be serious shooters.
     
  3. Billster

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    Incredible pic! As a kid was at the original MSG many times. Can't believe they were throwing targets and shot around in there! Thanks for the look.

    Cheers
    Bill
     
  4. rooferbob

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    That's when trap was a hobby for the rich man. That's cool
     
  5. Barry C. Roach

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    This just may be the reevolution of American style trap. They've do this for soccer (futbol),baseball, football, hockey, tennis, and about every other once outdoor only sport.
     
  6. Barry C. Roach

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    This just may be the reevolution of American style trap. They've do this for soccer (futbol),baseball, football, hockey, tennis, and about every other once outdoor only sport.
     
  7. Janet

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    Wow they look so dapper and serious in their shooting duds. There were a lot of good shooters back then and without the great equipment we have today.

    Thanks for sharing picture.

    Janet
     
  8. rooferbob

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    Yeah most everybody shot a model 12!
     
  9. tachyon

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    As I go through these old "Baseball Magazines" I keep finding more and more articles on Trapshooting. The above was a trophy, a solid silver spoon, given to the winner of the DuPont championship. This was in the March 1915 issue.

    I wonder what the whining and complaining crowd would say if they received a spoon as a trophy?
     
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    It wasn't that many years ago that you were expected to wear a tie and jacket when shooting trap!
     
  11. spitter

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    I've got a question...

    If you watch the movie - Cinderella Man, in the 30s they show the original Madison Square Garden as an "outdoor bowl" in his fights with Griffin, Laskey & Baer.

    discrepancy?!

    Jay
     
  12. tachyon

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    There have been four Madison Square Garden(s).

    The first from 1874-1890 had no roof. Stands on three sides with a center court.

    The second from 1890-1924 had a main hall of 200 by 350 ft. It also had a theater and a roof top garden/cabaret. Many sporting events occured on the roof, making it an outdoor venue for those events.
    It also had a 35 story tower on one end.

    The third was from 1925-68 and the fourth is the present one.
     
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    Thanks for that!

    Jay
     
  14. Bawana

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    My grandfather shot there in 22 competition. I have his 22 rifle and some metals he won. I would like to see that going on today.
     
  15. tachyon

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    Bawana,

    I would love to see a picture of the medals/gun. Could you post them?

    One of the baseball magazines said they were shooting from the roof of the garden for a trap shoot. I know that some of the shoots were in the main hall but this information makes me think that sometimes they actually shot trap on the roof of MSG. Amazing.
     
  16. trapwife

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    Tachyon, if you would be intereted in helping a worthwhile cause, you could donate a copy of your picture to the silent auction at the Missouri Fall Handicap. The money goes toward the youth shooting program. I try to find donations each year that appeal to a wide variety of folks. I think your photo would be great. We would really appreciate it. My mailing address is Mrs. Leo Harrison, 61419 Crooked Creek, New London, MO 63459. I will be glad to put your name on it as the donor.
     
  17. ec90t

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    Were they shooting clay targets at this time or still glass balls? I'm not that knowlegeble about shooting trap in that era.

    ec90t
     
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