Ball, Bat and Bitumen (Contributions to Southern Appalachian by L. M. Sutter

By L. M. Sutter

They emerged from the mines, shook off the coal airborne dirt and dust, and stepped onto the diamond. From the early 1900s to the Nineteen Fifties, baseball video games among mine employees have been a small-town phenomenon, each one staff attracting avid and very unswerving fanatics. gifted part-time athletes competed on the novice, semi-pro degrees. both aggressive have been the coal corporation officers, who frequently introduced in ringers, or avid gamers of remarkable skill, giving them more uncomplicated jobs above floor or a padded pay packet. according to interviews with surviving gamers, households of deceased avid gamers, and modern assets, this thoroughgoing heritage covers not just groups and leagues yet their functionality in the mining groups of Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia. The ebook contains a unique part on African-American mining groups, a coalfield map and plenty of pictures.

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A traveling circus stopped once in Pennington, only to lose one of its clowns to the local baseball aggregation as a shortstop. 3 The St. Charles Miners were famous for many years because of their manager “King Tut” Stapleton, who was known for his ear-splitting war whoops as his boys began to hit. 4 Lee County sits in the shard-sharp southwestern tip of the state, puncturing Bell County, Kentucky, its western neighbor. It is the home of the Cumberland Gap, one-time gateway from the known world into that of the unexplored west.

Umpires were frequently influenced by the crowds; more than one former player, and more than one fan, has stated that rulings were often made according to who shouted the loudest. In the smaller camps, umpires were frequently recruited from the grandstands, which could mean ending up with men scarcely qualified for the position. Herb Scott of the Dante, Virginia, Bearcats recalls one named Jim. “Jim couldn’t hardly see no way. They throwed the ball and Jim never did say nothin’. A minute went by.

He successfully married his three great obsessions—baseball, cinematography, and journalism— to become the area’s most notorious mover and shaker. “He was simply marvelous and one of the most fascinating people to talk to. Well, you didn’t talk to him, you listened. He did all the talking,” Larry says. Larry Fish suggests that Virgil, having been born in a coal town to a mining family, might have felt a subtle sense of social inadequacy. Finding a lifelong friend and fellow baseball fan in a wealthy young Penningtonian named Perle Stewart might only have enhanced his desire to transcend the black dust of St.

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