September 18, 1893: The Reds stage a wedding at home plate before a 7-6 win over Baltimore at Lague Park. Assistant groundskeeper Louis Can loved the ballpark so much he wanted to be married there and exchanged vows with Rosie Smith. Can and his bride honeymooned at the World’s Fair in Chicago.
The couple was not above exploiting the novel wedding for personal profit. A few days later, the Enquirer reported that Can and his wife “have offers to appear in curio halls of dime museums this coming season.” When their son was born during the summer of 1894, Can wanted to have the child christened at home plate as a sequel, but the club declined.
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