Friday, July 25, 2014

American Giants Are Champions

Savannah Tribune - September 25, 1920
From this article we see the schedule of the "World Championship":
  • Tuesday, September 21 at Birmingham
  • Wednesday, September 22 at Birmingham
  • Thursday, September 23 at Birmingham
  • Friday, September 24 at Birmingham
  • Saturday, September 25 at New Orleans
  • Sunday, September 26 at New Orleans
  • Monday, September 27 at Birmingham
  • Tuesday, September 28 at Birmingham
  • Wednesday, September 29 at Birmingham
  • Thursday, September 30 at Birmingham
  • Friday, October 1 at Knoxville
  • Saturday, October 2 at Knoxville
  • Sunday, October 3 at Chattanooga
Thirteen straight days of baseball.  No off days for traveling.  Using mapquest.com I've come up with some round distances.  Birmingham to New Orleans is 350 miles.  Birmingham to Knoxville is 260 miles.  Knoxville to Chattanooga is 115 miles.

So, 13 games were scheduled in four cities, which would have entailed about 1,075 miles.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Knoxville Gets Mobile Baseball Club Franchise

This is an article that mirrors one that I blogged about three years ago.  This one is a bit longer and explains the origin of the team name.

Morning Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) - July 21, 1931

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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Smokies in Military Service - Don Mills

I was asked over the weekend if I knew of any Smokies players that had given their life in military service. I had to answer that I didn't know, but I'd look around. In doing some research I've found a few that did serve. One of them was a former Smokies' batboy, Don Mills, who was in the Air Force.

Stars and Stripes - March 10, 1957


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