Anyone who attempts to do research on Mayville sports before 1918 will find it very difficult. The first class to publish a high school annual was the class of 1918, which it named the “Optimist.” The class of 1919 never published an annual because of lack of support and financial problems.
It’s difficult to imagine what high school sports were like before 1918. In my opinion, sports were and always have been an integral part of the educational system in Mayville.
The idea of buying an admission ticket to help finance sports has been around for more than 100 years. I was lucky enough to find three old Mayville High School season tickets dated 1913, 1915 and 1915- 16.
The class of 1915-16 is thought to have originated and organized the first boys basketball team at MHS. The 1915-1916 season basketball ticket issued to a Mr. Bauer shows reference to this. Notice the price of $1. Games were played at Turner Hall in Mayville.
Alfred H. Bauer was a local druggist in Mayville from 1910 to 1944. The 1913 admission ticket has potential for punches of 5¢, 10¢ and 25¢, not including grandstand.
The 1915 baseball season ticket is priced at 75¢ with three holes punched. Getting back to the grandstand concept, I believe there was a grandstand with a baseball field located on the Bill Thomas land east of the dam, located north of Mayville.
I also believe the original grandstand was removed at one time and taken to Firemens Field and rebuilt. This beautifully constructed grandstand has served Mayville residents for many years. Getting back to the price of a ticket today. The price of a ticket to watch Mayville athletes play a sport is still a real bargain.