From Daddy Boschen’s first professional baseball “shoe shop team” to our current Richmond Braves, from the ballyards of the old fairgrounds of Monroe Park to the Diamond on the Boulevard, baseball in Richmond has flourished. Whether known as the Bluebirds, Bloody Shirts, Lawmakers, Crows, Johnnie Rebs, Colts, Vees, or Braves, each team brought fans through the turnstiles to cheer them to victory, and those fans always left the park with lasting baseball memories. Richmond’s ball-gardens and cranks played host to the likes of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, and Ted Williams, as well as homegrown stars, including Billy Nash, Ray Dandridge, Eddie Mooers, Tom West, and Granny Hamner.
About the Author
Author Ron Pomfrey, a lifelong resident of Hanover County, has been an enthusiastic collector and researcher of Richmond’s sports history. Pomfrey both taught and coached baseball and football for 10 years in the Hanover County School System. For the past 18 years, he has been a broker for Ron Pomfrey Realty, Inc.
Table of Contents
First Inning: The Nines 9
Second Inning: The Characters 19
Third Inning: Wagon Tongues and Horsehides 43
Fourth Inning: Keeping the Score 61
Fifth Inning: The Pasteboards 71
Sixth Inning: Wearing the Richmond Wools 79
Seventh Inning: Artifacts and Memorabilia 85
Eighth Inning: Visitors Clubhouse 103
Ninth Inning: In the Camera's Eye 111
Extra Innings: The Way We Were 126
To The Showers: About the Author 127