So many greats have appeared in Asheville within McCormick Field's white lines: Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, manager Cal Ripken Sr. and batboy Cal Ripken Jr. As player Tom Nevers said, "When you think of all the great people that ...
Author: Bill Ballew
Publisher: History Press (SC)
So many greats have appeared in Asheville within McCormick Field's white lines: Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Ty Cobb, manager Cal Ripken Sr. and batboy Cal Ripken Jr. As player Tom Nevers said, "When you think of all the great people that have played on this field before us, it's kinda neat being a part of history." Asheville, North Carolina, is not widely recognized as a baseball crazy city. However, for a small town where flat land is hard to find and everything is far removed from the bright lights of the big cities, Asheville's part in professional baseball is remarkable. In these pages you'll find little-known stories of baseball's stars, the ups and downs of the national pastime in the Land of the Sky and a number of local heroes. Meet "Struttin' Bud" Shaney, a pitcher from the 1920s who served as athletic director, umpire and the McCormick Field groundskeeper at various times in the diamond's past. Despite his inexperience, gritty Tourists general manager Ron McKee's efforts revived the flagging franchise in the 1980s. Most recently, fiery skipper Joe "Mik" Mikulik has helped bring record numbers of fans to McCormick to cheer the Tourists to victory.
Ballew has written several sports books, including Baseball in Asheville (NC): Images of Baseball (2004) and A History of Professional Baseball in Asheville (2007). He also writes for BaseballAmerica.com and is a correspondent for the ...
Author: David M. Sutera
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Category: Sports & Recreation
From 1993 to 2010, minor league baseball has, in aggregate, shown a steady increase in attendance, reaching as high as nearly fifty-two million spectators in 2008. With all the high tech, live streaming, fast-paced entertainment now available to modern consumers, what is it about minor league baseball that still holds appeal with today’s audiences? In Vaudeville on the Diamond, David Sutera takes a close look at how minor league baseball has survived and thrived in today’s competitive world of entertainment. He argues that the key to survival lies in the creation of on-and-off field attractions which invoke the traditions of vaudeville with their unique and quirky forms of spectacle. From Star Wars theme nights to monkeys riding border collies, teams have created a multifaceted form of entertainment that includes and goes well beyond the game of baseball itself. Throughout the book, Sutera shares his own travels to several minor league stadiums across the U.S., including rich participant observation and interviews with the fans themselves. A light-hearted and engaging look at minor league baseball, Vaudeville on the Diamond will appeal to all fans of baseball and minor league sports.
Bob Terrell , perhaps the foremost authority on the history of baseball in Western North Carolina , offered his treasure ... Ron and Carolyn McKee have made professional baseball in the Land of the Sky the rousing success it is today .
Author: Bill Ballew
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Baseball has served as the pastime of preference in Asheville, North Carolina, for more than a century. Nearly anywhere a flat lot can be found in the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, baseball has been played by locals and visitors alike, with many of the city's greatest thrills created by the hometown Tourists, who have been mainstays in the professional ranks for most of the past 80 years. Oates Park, where author Thomas Wolfe toiled as a batboy prior to attending the University of North Carolina, served as the home of the Mountaineers, Tourists, and the semi-pro Asheville Royal Giants during the first three decades of the 20th century until McCormick Field was built in the mid-1920s. The ballpark, just south of downtown Asheville, welcomed the likes of Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth during exhibition contests, while future Hall of Famers Eddie Murray and Willie Stargell and current standouts Todd Helton and Juan Pierre honed their skills in the mountains on their way to the game's top level.
“C.L. Moore,” Asheville Times, n.d. From C.L. Moore clippings file, Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, N.Y. 14. ... Bill Ballew, A History of Professional Baseball in Asheville (Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2007), 50. 22.
Author: Leslie A. Heaphy
Category: Sports & Recreation
BACK ISSUE Under the guidance of Leslie Heaphy and an editorial board of leading historians, this peer-reviewed, annual book series offers new, authoritative research on all subjects related to black baseball, including the Negro major and minor leagues, teams, and players; pre–Negro League organization and play; barnstorming; segregation and integration; class, gender, and ethnicity; the business of black baseball; and the arts. Prior to Volume 9, Black Ball was published as Black Ball: A Negro Leagues Journal. This is a back issue of that journal.
Our photograph of civic leaders hosting the commissioner of baseball undoubtedly commemorates the beginning of professional baseball in Asheville. Chapter 5 western north CArolInA's wIng wAlker carved was called.
Author: Compiled by Zoe Rhine
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
The milestones of Asheville's long history are well known to locals, but so many interesting stories are all but forgotten. Thankfully, the staff and volunteers of the North Carolina Room at Pack Memorial Library have unearthed the best of those hidden tales. Meet daredevil aviatrix Uva Shipman and Tempie Avery, who went from slavery to respected nurse and citizen. Learn the poignant tale behind the sad death of former mayor Gallatin Roberts and uncover the parts of old Asheville lost to the wrecking ball. These and many more historic episodes come to life in this collection compiled by North Carolina Room librarian Zoe Rhine.
An Illustrated City-by-City History, 1901-1996 J. Chris Holaday. baseball fans; the team ... Professional baseball finally returned to Asheville in ¡924 when the city was granted a franchise in the Class B South Atlantic League.
Author: J. Chris Holaday
Category: Sports & Recreation
Hundreds of major leaguers—including the Hall of Fame’s Hank Greenburg, Johnny Mize, Rod Carew, Carl Yastrzemski and Joe Morgan—got their starts in North Carolina, where baseball has been a fixture in the state for nearly 100 years—in Charlotte and Durham (whose Bulls were in the 1988 film Bull Durham) as well as Red Springs and Snow Hill. Following an historical statewide overview, year by year summaries and histories are provided for each of the 72 towns, from Albemarle to Zebulon. Notable players and club records are listed for each year, and the causes for the rise and fall of baseball in the different towns are discussed. Biographies of 20 prominent minor leaguers are included, as is an appendix of nearly 2,000 major leaguers who played for a North Carolina team. The state’s Negro League and textile league histories are also related.
Baseball Ballew, Bill, A History ofProfessional Baseball in Asheville, Hickory Press, Charleston, S.C., 2007, 128 pp. Wellresearched history of the Tourists and other pro baseball teams in Asheville. Terrell, Bob, The Old Ball Yard: ...
Author: Lan Sluder
If you're thinking about where you want to move to live out your dreams, or if you're considering retiring to an exciting new area, MOVING TO THE MOUNTAINS by award-winning author Lan Sluder covers everything you want to know about Asheville and the North Carolina mountains, consistently rated as one of the top places to live in the United States. Asheville native Lan Sluder covers all the pros and cons of living in hip, liberal Asheville and in the low-cost small towns and villages in the highest mountains in Eastern America. In nearly 600 pages and about 190,000 words, Lan gives you the straight facts about living in Asheville and the mountains, outdoor adventures and sports in the Great Smokies and Blue Ridge Mountains, how to get the best values for your real estate dollar, health care, crime and safety, culture, art and crafts and more in the mountains. As the author of more than a dozen books on retirement and travel including Amazing Asheville, Fodor's Belize, Frommer's Best Beach Vacations, Easy Belize and Living Abroad in Belize, Lan understands what you want to know. He tells you the unvarnished truth. Here's a sampling of what you'll learn in this comprehensive book on moving to Asheville and the beautiful mountains of North Carolina: • Why Choose Asheville and the North Carolina Mountains for Retirement or Relocation? • 10 Reasons to Consider Asheville and the NC Mountains • Amazing Asheville and Western North Carolina • Getting To and Around Asheville • National Kudos for Asheville • Brief History of Asheville and Western North Carolina • History of Asheville and WNC: A Timeline • Mountain Climate and Weather • Bugs, Beasts and Bad Weather • Establishing Residency in North Carolina • Taxes in North Carolina • Crime and Safety in Asheville and WNC • Economy of Asheville and the Mountains • Organic and Natural Farming in WNC • Health Care in Asheville and WNC • LGBT Asheville • The Arts in Asheville and WNC • Historic Architecture of Asheville and WNC • The Best 100 Museums in the Area • Asheville Authors and the Literary Scene • Blue Ridge Parkway, America's Most Scenic Road • Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Most-Visited National Park in America • Biltmore House, the Largest Private Home in America on 8,000 Acres in Asheville • Asheville & WNC Outside ... Naturally: Hiking, Camping, Sightseeing, Birding, Boating, River Rafting, Golf, Tennis, Ziplining, Caving, Rock Climbing, Gem Mining and More • Clubs and Volunteer Organizations: How to Get Involved and Meet New Friends • Colleges, Universities and Schools • Shopping in Asheville • Where Will You Live? Real Estate Information about Asheville Including Home Values • Living in Other Parts of WNC: Small Towns, Villages and Rural Areas • Asheville By the Numbers • Moving Checklist • Scouting Trips: Travel Practicalities • Best Lodging in the Asheville Area • Best Restaurants in the Asheville Area • Beer City USA and BEE City USA • Clubs and Nightlife • Wineries and Distilleries • Serious About Coffee? • Mmm...Chocolate Asheville! • Festivals, Fairs and Concerts • Asheville and WNC Tours • Best Freebies in Asheville and WNC • Resources to Learn More • About Author Lan Sluder
In fact, Asheville's first professional baseball team, founded in 1897, was called the Asheville Moonshiners. The team would be renamed the Asheville Tourists, however, in 1915, and remain the Tourists today. The history of moonshine ...
Author: Anne Fitten Glenn
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
Drinking local harks back to the founding of Asheville in 1798. Whether it be moonshine or craft beer, the culture of local hooch is deeply ingrained in the mountain dwellers of Western North Carolina. Both residents and visitors alike enjoy Asheville's wealth of breweries, brewpubs, beer festivals and dedicated retailers. That enthusiasm earned the city the coveted Beer City, USA title year after year and prompted West Coast beer giants Sierra Nevada, New Belgium and Oskar Blues to establish production facilities here. Beer writer and educator Anne Fitten Glenn recounts this intoxicating history, from the suds-soaked saloons of "Hell's Half Acre" to the region's explosion into a beer Mecca.
Baseball had arrived in Asheville around 1866 with the returning Civil War soldiers , attracting boisterous crowds ... The early Tourists hold the record for the fastest professional baseball game in history — 31 minutes , on August 31 ...
Author: Nan K. Chase
"Asheville, North Carolina, grew from humble beginnings as a hamlet for local livestock handlers to become one of the most culturally and artistically diverse cities in the South. This book has all the fascinating history of Asheville, complete with a rich array of photographs. Multiple appendices reveal details concerning many lesser-known aspects of Asheville's unique history"--Provided by publisher.
The left-hander did not strike out a batter, thus becoming the first pitcher in history throwing a no-hitter without ... this game did not know they would be setting a record for the fastest game played in professional baseball history.
A History of the Institution and Its People and Buildings Dale Wayne Slusser ... He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and even, at one time, played for the Asheville baseball team (Tourists) in its “non-professional” days.
Author: Dale Wayne Slusser
The Ravenscroft School, an Episcopal boarding school in Asheville, North Carolina, 1856 to 1901, had three distinct phases. It was first a "Classical and Theological School" (1856-1864) and then, following the Civil War, a Theological Training School and Associate Mission (1868-1900); in 1887 it split into two departments, a Theological Training School/Associate Mission and Ravenscroft High School for Boys (1887-1901). The purview of this book is from the early days of Asheville (1820s) to the building of Joseph Osborne's mansion in the 1840s (which would eventually house the school), through the years of the school's operation, and thence to the mid-20th century when the campus buildings were sold and repurposed. The book concludes with the efforts by historic preservationists in the late 1970s to save the few remaining buildings. The book includes biographical notes on notable alumni and histories of the churches established by the Ravenscroft Associate Mission and Training School.
A History of Professional Baseball in Asheville . Charleston , S.C .: History Press , 2007 . 126 pp . Black , Jimmy , and Scott Fowler . Jimmy Black's Tales from the Tar Heels . Champaign , Ill .: Sports Publishing , 2006. 172 pp .
A History of Baseball's Antitrust Exemption Stuart Banner ... American League president William Harridge warned the House Antitrust Subcommittee that abolishing the exemption would mean the end of professional baseball.
Author: Stuart Banner
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Sports & Recreation
The impact of antitrust law on sports is in the news all the time, especially when there is labor conflict between players and owners, or when a team wants to move to a new city. And if the majority of Americans have only the vaguest sense of what antitrust law is, most know one thing about it-that baseball is exempt. In The Baseball Trust, legal historian Stuart Banner illuminates the series of court rulings that resulted in one of the most curious features of our legal system-baseball's exemption from antitrust law. A serious baseball fan, Banner provides a thoroughly entertaining history of the game as seen through the prism of an extraordinary series of courtroom battles, ranging from 1890 to the present. The book looks at such pivotal cases as the 1922 Supreme Court case which held that federal antitrust laws did not apply to baseball; the 1972 Flood v. Kuhn decision that declared that baseball is exempt even from state antitrust laws; and several cases from the 1950s, one involving boxing and the other football, that made clear that the exemption is only for baseball, not for sports in general. Banner reveals that for all the well-documented foibles of major league owners, baseball has consistently received and followed antitrust advice from leading lawyers, shrewd legal advice that eventually won for baseball a protected legal status enjoyed by no other industry in America. As Banner tells this fascinating story, he also provides an important reminder of the path-dependent nature of the American legal system. At each step, judges and legislators made decisions that were perfectly sensible when considered one at a time, but that in total yielded an outcome-baseball's exemption from antitrust law-that makes no sense at all.
1. AC, April 4, 21, 23, 24, 1924; J. Chris Holaday, Professional Baseball in North Carolina: An Illustrated City-by-City History, 1901–1996 (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1998), 12. Asheville had hosted a team ...
Author: Richard D. Starnes
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
Category: Business & Economics
A sophisticated inquiry into tourism's social and economic power across the South. In the early 19th century, planter families from South Carolina, Georgia, and eastern North Carolina left their low-country estates during the summer to relocate their households to vacation homes in the mountains of western North Carolina. Those unable to afford the expense of a second home relaxed at the hotels that emerged to meet their needs. This early tourist activity set the stage for tourism to become the region's New South industry. After 1865, the development of railroads and the bugeoning consumer culture led to the expansion of tourism across the whole region. Richard Starnes argues that western North Carolina benefited from the romanticized image of Appalachia in the post-Civil War American consciousness. This image transformed the southern highlands into an exotic travel destination, a place where both climate and culture offered visitors a myriad of diversions. This depiction was futher bolstered by partnerships between state and federal agencies, local boosters, and outside developers to create the atrtactions necessary to lure tourists to the region. As tourism grew, so did the tension between leaders in the industry and local residents. The commodification of regional culture, low-wage tourism jobs, inflated land prices, and negative personal experiences bred no small degree of animosity among mountain residents toward visitors. Starnes's study provides a better understanding of the significant role that tourism played in shaping communities across the South.
“I like them fine, but American baseball has won my heart.” “What team?” “National? The Cardinals. Local? The Asheville Tourists.” “Asheville has a pro baseball team now?” I ran my fingers over his shoulders and neck then up into his ...
Author: Deborah Smith
Publisher: Bell Bridge Books
The Biscuit Witch Part One of The MacBrides A Crossroads novella Dear Dr. Firth: I know you are in your cups at this time, drinking, taking pills, and sleeping under trees, but I have some experience rehabilitating lost souls in that regard, and so I am enclosing a box of my biscuits and a cold wrapped container of cream gravy for dessert. Please eat and write back. We need a veterinarian of your gumption here in the Crossroads Cove of Jefferson County. --Delta Whittlespoon, proprietress of The Crossroads Café Biscuit witches, Mama called them. She'd heard the term as a girl. She'd inherited that talent. My mother could cast spells on total strangers simply by setting a plate of her biscuits in front of them. --Tal MacBride Welcome back to the Crossroads Cove where new loves, old feuds, and poignant mysteries will challenge siblings Tal, Gabby, and Gus MacBride to fight for the home they lost and to discover just how important their family once was, and still is, to the proud people of the Appalachian highlands. Tallulah MacBride hasn't been back to North Carolina since their parents' tragic deaths, twenty years ago. But now, Tal heads to cousin Delta Whittlespoon's famous Crossroads Café in the mountains above Asheville, hoping to find a safe hiding place for her young daughter, Eve. What she finds is Cousin Delta gone, the café in a biscuit crisis, and a Scotsman, who refuses to believe she's passing through instead of "running from." He believes she needs a knight in shining flannel. When a pair of sinister private eyes show up, Tal's troubles are just beginning. For Tal's brother and sister--Gabby, the Pickle Queen, and Gus, the Kitchen Charmer--the next part of the journey will lead down forgotten roads and into beautiful but haunted legacies.
Charlotte ace Charles M. “Struttin' Bud” Shaney was one of the most colorful figures in the history of baseball in North ... Toward the end of his work life he was the groundskeeper at McCormick Field, home of the Asheville Tourists, ...
Author: R.G. (Hank) Utley
Category: Sports & Recreation
Shortly after the independent Carolina League was formed in 1936, officials of the National Association of Professional Baseball—which oversaw what was known as “organized baseball,” including the major leagues—began a campaign to destroy the league. The NAPB declared the Carolina League “outlaw” and blacklisted its players because their teams were pirating professionally-contracted ballplayers with the lure of higher wages, small-town hero worship and a career off-season. Backed into a corner, the Carolina League wore its “outlaw” label with a defiant swagger, challenging the all-powerful monopoly of organized professional baseball and its standard player contract. This complete history of the league reveals how it persevered through three tumultuous seasons, fueled by the tight-knit community spirit of North Carolina Piedmont textile towns. Over its three seasons of existence, the Carolina League attracted professional baseball players from all over the country and it gave the players control over their careers, setting a standard that was resisted until free agency was adopted in 1973.
With Pennock's visit there was much discussion about the history of professional baseball in Roanoke. ... Branch Rickey, owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, eyed Roanoke in 1934 but opened his franchise in Asheville, North Carolina.
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BASEBALL. STORIES. Why is baseball our favorite sport? Because it's full of oddball stuff like this. ... fastest nine-inning game in pro baseball history took place in 1916 in North Carolina between the minor league Asheville Tourists ...
Author: Bathroom Readers' Institute
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Uncle John’s 24th flagship edition is glittering with more than 500 all-new pages of absorbing material that prove once again why Uncle John makes the best-selling bathroom-reading series in the world. Uncle John’s 24th flagship edition glitters with more than 500 all-new pages of absorbing material that prove once again why Uncle John makes the best-selling bathroom-reading series in the world. The information miners at the Bathroom Readers’ Institute have unearthed a priceless collection of surprising, amazing, wow-inducing, and hilarious articles. Divided by length for your sitting convenience, 24-Karat Gold is chock-full of little-known history, random origins, weird news, celebrity secrets, urban legends, dumb criminals, clever wordplay, quirky quotations, and more. Just go to any page--who knows what treasures await you? Some samples: * Judges Gone Wild * The Barbie Scandals * Canada’s Underpants King * The History of the Umbrella * America’s Forbidden Island * Helen Keller: Vaudeville Star * The Double A-bomb Survivors * Mind Your Zarfs and Wambles * What the Hokey Pokey is Really All About And much, much more!
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During his storied career as a baseball executive, Branch Rickey won seven National League titles and five world ... was a decision that literally revolutionized professional sports in America and affected United States history as well.
Author: Bob Plott
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
The Plott hound has reached worldwide fame through the contributions of many colorful characters from the Southern Appalachians. Quill Rose--a legendary local outlaw, moonshiner, gunfighter and more--helped cultivate the bloodline for bear hunting. Revered baseball icon Branch Rickey brought national acclaim to the breed through his hunts in the Hazel Creek Watershed. Writer Frank Methven wrote extensively about the Plott hound for decades, and the Methven Award remains one of the most coveted big game hunting awards in the world. Author and breed expert Bob Plott reveals the fascinating people and places that have shaped the history of the Plott hound.