One year after Madera County separated from Fresno County, Charles Leggett moved his family from Merced to Madera. The new county seat looked promising to this enterprising pioneer, and indeed it was. He involved himself in a half dozen ventures and paved the way for his son to be Madera’s first contribution to major league baseball.
Wilbur Leggett was just 3 years old when his parents brought him to Madera in 1894. By the time he was in school, his father had opened Leggett’s Smoke House for business. Charles, however, was not satisfied with that; he soon started Leggett’s Jewelry Store and then purchased the Madera roller skating rink. Finally, by 1912, Charles Leggett owned the Madera Opera House and brought the first movies to town.
Of all of his father’s forays into business, it was the roller rink that captivated young Wilbur. He spent hour after hour practicing with the Madera Roller Polo team and before long became a member of the squad.
With Charles coaching and Wilbur playing at his starting position, the Madera team won the 1907-1908 state championship...