Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Group in Knoxville Takes Over Franchise in Mt. States

The Sporting News - June 10, 1953

And from the same paper...
The Sporting News - June 10, 1953

Monday, April 14, 2014

Giants Quit Knoxville Baseball Club Support

Omaha World Herald - January 21, 1953
1953 would be a tough season for the Smokies.  The Giants left them.  They took in the Tugerson brothers.  Smithson Stadium would be torn down and the team relocated to Chapman Highway Park.  By the end of the season they would be crowned champions of the Class D Mountain States League.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Mr. Williams comes to Knoxville

In the spring of 1947 the major league teams were breaking camp at spring training and headed back to their cities in the north.  Along the way they would play exhibition games, probably to get a few more swings in and to give the locals a chance to see some real big leaguers.  The Cincinnati Reds and the Boston Red Sox came to Knoxville and played a game on Tuesday, April 8, 1947.

Greensboro Record - April 8, 1947

They met at Caswell Park, with the left field wall being just 339 feet and the right field wall being at 331 feet.  Ted says in the following article, "Boy, oh, boy, will I be glad to see those babies!"

Knoxville News Sentinel - April 7, 1947
The story after the game shows that Ted and Company didn't come through as expected.

Knoxville News Sentinel - April 8, 1947

Former Knoxville Smoky Eddie Lukon was playing for the Reds.  This was the last year for "Mongoose" in the majors.  He moved out to California to play for the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League in 1948.  Eddie played with the Smokies in the Southern Association, batting .315 and hitting 35 Home Runs over two seasons (1941-42).  He roamed the outfield for the Reds for a few seasons (1941, 45-47).

Knoxville News Sentinel - April 8, 1947
Ted, despite having breakfast at the Andrew Johnson Hotel in Knoxville, wasn't able to put the ball out of the park.
Knoxville News Sentinel - April 8, 1947

For those of you that like to see a box score, here you go.
The Boston Herald - April 9, 1947

The Sporting News was a weekly so they've recapped some of the games on the trip north.

The Sporting News - April 16, 1947

Because this was just such a great shot I had to isolate it.  Drink up, kids.  Make sure it is orange juice.

Knoxville News Sentinel - April 7, 1947
I'd like to thank fellow SABR member Brad Ridenour for finding the Knoxville News Sentinel articles and sharing them with me.  The Boston Herald and Greensboro Record articles came from GenealogyBank.com.  The Sporting News article came from PaperOfRecord.com through SABR.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

In The Good Old Days

Adam Alfrey gave a talk today at the East Tennessee Historical Society.  Adam is the Operations Manager and Curator, East Tennessee History Center, Knox County Public Library.   He spoke on Base Ball in Knoxville in 1867.  He had some wonderful supporting articles from local papers.  I need to ask him for his notes so I can clarify some things in my mind.  I learned a lot today.

Here's an article from 1895 that looks back on the early days of ball.

Knoxville Daily Journal - July 23, 1895

image from GenealogyBank.com

Monday, April 7, 2014

Friday, March 7, 2014

Victorious Vols Return To City - 1918

Looking again to the University of Tennessee's 1918 season I'm going to to turn to the local newspapers.  In the fourth paragraph we see that the Vols are taking a few weeks off.  This explains the sizable gap in the season record published in the modern UT Record Book.

They also beat Georgetown and "Kentucky State".  That school is what we now know as the University of Kentucky.

The Journal and Tribune - April 22, 1918

Now why would I include an article about a wrestling match?  Because it isn't a news story.  It is an advertisement.  More importantly we see another side of UT Coach Frank Moffett.  He was apparently promoting wrestling matches on the side.

The Journal and Tribune - April 22, 1918