Friday, March 17, 2017

Knoxville vs. Maysville - 1897

The Knoxville Indians were part of the Southeastern League in 1897.   They also played outside that league.  One of their rivals in the last part of the nineteenth century was Maysville, Kentucky.

The Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Kentucky) - July 14, 1897

The Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Kentucky) - July 22, 1897

The Evening Bulletin (Maysville, Kentucky - July 23, 1897

Daily Public Ledger (Maysville, Kentucky) - July 23, 1897

Daily Public Ledger (Maysville, Kentucky) - July 24, 1897

Daily Public Ledger (Maysville, Kentucky) - August 2, 1897

In these four recorded games, the Knoxville team was 3-1.  Frank Moffett was at the helm of the Knoxville team.

I'm not quite sure what a Kalsomizing was, but I did find it mentioned in an 1868 ad from Springfield, Missouri.

Springfield Leader - September 3, 1868


The Evening Bulletin and Daily Public Ledger from Chronicling America

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Little Smokies of the News-Sentinel Midget League No. 1

The Knoxville News-Sentinel - August 26, 1934

The "Little Smokies" shown above have a much better record for the season than their professional namesakes.

How true.  Here's the final standings for the Southern League published in September of that year.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel - September 17, 1934.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Tin Wedding and Reunion - a look back at the Reckless club of Maryville College


scorecard between the Reckless club and the Crooked Creek club, late 1870s
Original scorecard held at Maryville College Archives

This scorecard from a game between the Reckless club and the Crooked Creek club caused me to do a bit more research.

The first mention of the Reckless club was in the Maryville College student newspaper in 1876.

I found an article in the February 11, 1920 edition of The Maryville Times that looked back at an article from The Times of 1891.  In that article Mr. John A. Goddard looks back at the original Reckless club of Maryville College.  Several of the men mentioned in the article are in the scorecard.

The Maryville Times - February 11, 1920

Friday, February 17, 2017

Move over Centennials, it is now the King Club


I was tipped off to this club by rereading Ronald R. Allen's Same Old Smokies.  He references an article in the Chronicle.  I found an article in The Morristown Gazette that has the same story.

The Morristown Gazette - June 14, 1876

O.C. King is Oliver Caswell King, eldest son of Leander Montgomery King and Penelope Louisa Massengill King.  O.C. is listed as a lawyer in the 1880 U.S. Census for Morristown, Hamblen County, Tennessee.


Whitesburg is an unincorporated town about 10 miles NE from Morristown, if you follow US 11E.

W.S. Kyle, Umpire, was probably William S. Kyle, listed as an attorney at law, living in Whitesburg in the 1880 U.S. Census for Whitesburg, Hamblen County, Tennessee.


Now, if the modern day Holstons could just find a "genial and liberal townsman".

For more on O.C. King, visit the Tennessee Virtual Archive of the Oliver Caswell King and Katherine Rutledge King Papers Collection or see the Collection Overview.

Friday, November 11, 2016

McGlothin keeps Williams hitless in 7 plate appearances

Ezra "Pat" McGlothin, Knoxville lad, spent time at the University of Tennessee and then in the low minors before he was in the Navy.

As a recreational specialist and morale booster he played for the Corpus Christi Naval Training Base All-Stars.  LT Ted Williams and his Pensacola Naval Training Base All-Stars played the Corpus Christi team.  And lost.

McGlothin struck Ted out once and held him hitless in 7 plate appearances.  Pat went 3 for 8 himself and drove in the winning run.  In the 19th inning.

The Sporting News - October 12, 1944

The Sporting News - October 26, 1944
After the war he spent a few more years in the minors and finally made it to the Dodgers in 1949.  He pitched in 7 games that year and just 1 the following season.  A few more years in the minors and then he managed the Smokies in 1954.

After baseball he ran a successful insurance company in Knoxville.  When I spoke with Pat in 2012 he was very proud of that day in September, 1944.

Pat passed away in 2014 in Knoxville.

I thank him, and other veterans, for his service to our great country.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Knoxville Municipal Stadium Opens

The Knoxville News-Sentinel - April 22, 1954


The Knoxville News-Sentinel - April 22, 1954

The Smokies fell to the Rock Hill Chiefs, 7-4.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

When the Chicken came to town

TAMIS, the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound, presented this wonderful ad from 1988.

Knoxville Blue Jays Welcome the San Diego Chicken from TAMIS on Vimeo.

Promotions are nice, but who won the game?  The K-Jays, at that time, were a farm club of the Toronto Blue Jays.  They beat Huntsville 3-1, sweeping that series.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel - June 4, 1988

The Knoxville News-Sentinel - June 4, 1988
The K-Jays finished that 1988 season with a 75-69 record, but that was only good enough to be the third best team in the Southern League, Western Division and the fourth best team in the whole of the league.

That season they had 23 players who were, or would be, in the majors.  If you were there that evening you saw the following previous or future major leaguers:

  • Kevin Batiste
  • Francisco Cabrera
  • Steve Cummings
  • Junior Felix
  • Webster Garrison
  • Darren Hall
  • Shawn Jeter
  • Domingo Martinez
  • Tom Quinlan
  • Alex Sanchez
  • Matt Stark

These two players did not make the show:
  • Jimmy Kelly
  • Tom Malave