In 1933, when they defeated the Knights of Lithuania for the Lake County championship, a crowd of 1,200 was on hand.

Down in Texas, the crowds that watched the Deikes play teams from nearby Kerrville, Fredericksburg, and Grapetown weren’t nearly so large. Their makeshift home field was their dad’s goat pasture. Yet the team’s reputation was nothing to sneeze at. Pitcher Marvin had a wicked fastball and could hit the ball a mile. Levi, who served as the community’s postmaster, was the best shortstop in Blanco County.

The Deike team ranged in age from 14-year-old left fielder Victor to 34-year-old right fielder Edwin.

It was in August 1935 that the two teams, given new uniforms and $600 for travel expenses by the Corpus Christi–based Nueces Coffee Company, set out for Lawrence Stadium in Wichita, Kansas, where the ballyhooed game would be played. The Stanczaks traveled in a rented bus, and the Deikes made the trip in two Model A Fords.

The game matched two immigrant nationalities and starkly different lifestyles: the Polish Stanczaks against the German Deikes, city folks versus country boys, North against South.