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 staff have been a small-town phenomenon, every one crew attracting avid and extremely dependable fanatics. gifted part-time athletes competed on the beginner, semi-pro degrees. both aggressive have been the coal corporation officers, who frequently introduced in ringers, or avid gamers of outstanding skill, giving them more straightforward jobs above floor or a padded pay packet. in accordance with interviews with surviving gamers, households of deceased gamers, and modern resources, this thoroughgoing historical past covers not just groups and leagues yet their functionality in the mining groups of Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia. The publication contains a certain part on African-American mining groups, a coalfield map and lots of pictures.
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The Daily News’ general manager was quoted as saying, “The very implication is preposterous. Mr. Anderson is living in a dream world of 20 or 30 years ago. ”41 For his part, Anderson at ﬁrst denied even writing the letter, and then confessed to it the next day. Area newspapers, particularly those in Kentucky, demanded that the league president issue a public statement on the mess but were left unsatisﬁed. 42 The National Association was not asked to investigate and the matter faded away. But a few weeks later, another wire service story in which another umpire contributed his two-cents’ worth, made the rounds.
Like the leagues in the major league farm system and afﬁliations, they were Top: The triumphant Stonega team of 1912. It is highly likely that, in addition to enhancing overall camp pride, these men had just added to the personal wealth of company brass. Back row, left to right: Wells, LF; Tate, C; Wampler, 2B; Murrin, 1B; Davis, SS; Richmond, pinch hitter; Holston, RF; Hall, P. Front row: Baily, Capt. and P; Baker, CF; Dr. ; Engle, P; Taylor, 3B; Duffy, mascot (courtesy Elaine Downing). Bottom: A later Stonega team.
But Virgil did, and he faced the task with the zeal of a Horatio Alger character. After college, which he attended on a baseball scholarship, and after earning a cinematography diploma, Virgil Q. Wacks threw himself into journalism, ﬁrst with the local Powell Valley News, then with different regional newspapers as a stringer. He covered every kind of story, a perfect job for him as he could advertise his own endeavors via his ofﬁcial 32 BALL, BAT AND BITUMEN role as journalist. One of his earliest self-promotions appeared in 1928, in an article from St.