Textile League Baseball: South Carolina's Mill Teams, 1880-1955

Overview

After the Civil War, the Yankee textile industry began a steady transfer south, bringing with it the tradition of mill village, usually owned by the mill's owner, where the workers and their families lived. The new game of baseball quickly became a foundation of mill village life. A rich tradition of textile league baseball in South Carolina is here reconstructed from newspaper accounts and interviews with former players and fans. Players such as "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and Champ Summers made their marks as ...
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Overview

After the Civil War, the Yankee textile industry began a steady transfer south, bringing with it the tradition of mill village, usually owned by the mill's owner, where the workers and their families lived. The new game of baseball quickly became a foundation of mill village life. A rich tradition of textile league baseball in South Carolina is here reconstructed from newspaper accounts and interviews with former players and fans. Players such as "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and Champ Summers made their marks as "lintheads" in these sempiro leagues. The fierce rivalries between competing mills and the impact of the teams on mill life are recounted. Appendices list club records and rosters for many of the teams from 1880 through 1955.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786418756
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/27/2004
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 327
  • Sales rank: 1,327,361
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas K. Perry is a writer living in Newberry, South Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
Ch. 1 Beginnings 1
Ch. 2 Fun and Games 6
Ch. 3 Champ Osteen 12
Ch. 4 Fields, Trains, Bands and Such 21
Ch. 5 Shoeless Joe 28
Ch. 6 Fussin' and Fightin' 40
Ch. 7 The Maturing Years 49
Ch. 8 The Negro Textile Leagues 61
Ch. 9 War and Renaissance 68
Ch. 10 Decline and Fall 80
Ch. 11 Profiles
Ed Brinson: A Time to Remember 87
Alvin Danielson: Let the Memories Linger 89
Johnny Wertz: A Touch of Class 90
Harry Hedgepath: Special Man, Special Time 92
Mrs. Harry Potts, Mrs. "Shag" Knox: Through Other Eyes 93
George Blackwell: The Greatest 96
Powerhouse Hawkins: A Thrill a Minute 99
Earl Wooten: The Reign of the Earl 103
Chapter Notes 107
Appendix 1. From the Mills to the Majors 111
Appendix 2. Records and Rosters 117
Bibliography 291
Index 293
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