Looking Back: Play ball in St. Clair Shores

St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published March 22, 2021

Photo provided by the Crocker Museum and St. Clair Shores Historical Commission

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Since the first professional spring training game was played Feb. 27 this year, we are looking back to baseball in St. Clair Shores 80 years ago.

This 1941 photo shows 17-year-old Morton Maison with two teammates from the VFW Bruce Post baseball team. In addition to that team, Maison also played for a Grosse Pointe Farms American League team.

Born April 19, 1924, in St. Clair Shores, his parents were Henry and Mabel Champine Maison. He worked for Briggs, a defense contractor, in Detroit and married Betty Jean Yearkey in 1943.

Morton was scouted by both the Detroit and Cleveland professional baseball clubs. After World War II, he played for the Cleveland farm team. He died in 2016.