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THE NASHVILLE BANNER
Sunday, August 1, 194
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WOJEY WEAVES MAGIC FOR MOBILE
Mobile's Pete Wojey weaved his mound magic in a 5-0 shutout over the Nashville Vols yesterday afternoon at his own ballpark, Hartwell Field... it was his 16th victory of the season... Wojey (16-7/2.28) didn't make it all the way, but he limited the SA's best-hitting club to just three hits in eight innings, fired nine Ks past the Nashville hitters and walked five... reliever Dale Matthewson (4-1/2.69/38 G) completed the shutout when Wojey ran out of gas... Matthewson sat down the Vols in order in the 9th... the Bears sent Ben Wade down to defeat, but he only allowed two earned runs on six hits... Wade (7-12/4.93) fanned six and walked two batters... Nashville made three errors behind him.

Nashville GM and manager Larry Gilbert announced he had purchased third baseman Jack Vaughn from New Orleans... Vaughn is a veteran minor league infielder... battling injuries, Vaughn only batted .194 for the Pelicans in 59 games with three homers and 21 RBIs.

SCHULTZ HURLS CHIX TO 5TH CONSECUTIVE WIN
The first place Memphis Chicks got a strong outing at home from young lefty Bob Schultz, who stymied the fifth place Little Rock offense 3-2 at Russwood Park to garner their fifth consecutive win... Schultz (12-10/3.57) posted his 12th victory of the season, scattering nine hits, while fanning six Travelers and walking four batters... Schultz worked the entire game, his 10th in 21 starts ... Marlin Stuat (9-3/2.88) made it close, striking out eight and walking just two Chickasaws... it was only his third defeat of the year.

4 IN A ROW FOR BARONS
At home at Rickwood Field for an afternoon twinbill, third place Birmingham jumped off to a lead in the early innings of the first game, blew it halfway through and then came back to win it in the late innings, taking a 9-7 slugfest from seventh place Atlanta, which dropped its third successive game... in the 7th pinchhitter Jimmy Wasdell (.299/20 RBI) stroked a two-run single to put the Barons ahead for good... 2B Ed Lyons (.278/54 RBI) led Birmingham at the plate with three RBIs and 1B Walt Dropo (.293/46 RBI) batted in a pair of runs... the Crackers had more hits, 13 to 11... relievers Don Carter and John Hoffman saved the game for the Barons, blanking Atlanta over the last two and two-third frames... Carter (5-2/1.63/20 G) got credit for the victory.

HODKEY TAMES BARONS IN NIGHTCAP FOR SPLIT
Atlanta's lanky 6-4 right-hander Eli Hodkey got his first start of the season and certainly made it count... in the nightcap of the doubleheader he chilled red-hot Birmingham 5-1 and stopped their winning streak at four... Hodkey (1-2/1.38/13 G) restricted the Barons to seven hits, struck out six and walked only two, while going the route... the seventh place Crackers (40-75) poked starter Pete Modica (3-4/3.81) for five runs in the first five innings to divide the twinbill with third place Birmingham (61-51).

STARE AND PELS SNEAK BY 'NOOGA
In Southern Association action yesterday sixth place New Orleans sneaked by the eight place Chattanooga Lookouts 4-3 at Pelican Stadium... Chattanooga's Dick Weik only gave up two walks, but they both came in the last of the 7th frame, setting the stage for 1B Al Flair to single in the winning run with a pop fly to right field... winning pitcher Frank Stare (5-7/3.77) went the distance for the Pelicans, only permitted one earned run on seven hits with four bases on balls and three Ks... topping New Orleans at the plate was 3B Herschel Held (.235/39 RBI) with a three-run homer... Weik (5-14/5.70) suffered the loss, tossing seven innings and allowing four runs on seven hits, while walking two and striking out six.
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THE NEW ORLEANS TIMES-PICAYUNE
Sunday, August 1, 1948


CHICKS STILL BEST IN SA
There is no pennant race in the Southern Association so far this season... far and away the Memphis Chicks (82-29) are the best team in the Southern Association this year... manager Jack Onslow's club hasn't had any downturns at all, not even minor losing streaks... his Chickasaws just keep on churning out victory after victory and are making shambles of the pennant race... the runner-up Mobile Bears (71-40) are playing outstanding baseball, but still trail by 11 games... Birmingham (61-51) is a solid team, too, but is a distant 21 and a half games out of first place... the rest of the league is just mediocre... the fourth-place Nashville Vols (54-58), last year's pennant winner, are under the .500 mark... Little Rock (53-59) is in the fifth spot in the SA standings... sixth place goes to the New Orleans Pelicans (52-61)... the seventh place Atlanta Crackers (40-75) are having a terrible season... along with the last place Chattanooga Lookouts (35-75).

Memphis has not had a bad streak this season... July was another very good month with a strong 23-8 record... Onslow has a strong pitching staff, led by John Perkovich (20-2/2.86/26 G), Chuck Eisenmann (13-4/3.09), Hugh Mulcahy (12-4/2.68) and Bob Schultz (12-10/3.57) as his primary starters... the rest of the rotation consists of Bill Briggs (7-3/3.06/27 G), Lefty Hoerst (7-2/3.08/21 G), Roman Brunswick (4-3/2.60/22 G) and Jim Goodwin (4-1/2.59/15 G)... Memphis is tops in the SA with an impressive 2.95 team ERA... the Chicks are productive at bat, too, with a .296 team BA, second to the Nashville Vols (.299 BA)... five batters in the lineup sport a .300 or better average, headed up by C Joe Astroth (.347 BA/2 HR/52 RBI/56 R/2 SB), CF Paul Armstrong (.335 BA/2 HR/46 RBI/59 R/19 SB), 3B John Antonelli (.333 BA/3 HR/43 RBI/38 R/1 SB), LF Billy Bowers (.313 BA/6 HR/58 RBI/64 R/5 SB) and 1B Gordon Goldsberry (.306 BA/10 HR/54 RBI/62 R/1 SB)... lead-off hitter and SS Freddie Hancock (.277 BA/6 HR/66 RBI/82 R/2 SB) is also having a very productive season... RF Roy Bueschen (.288 BA/3 HR/30 RBI/39 R/1 SB) and 2B Bill Kelly (.281 BA/1 HR/43 RBI/49 R/1 SB) complete the rest of the regulars... not a weak hitter in the bunch... Memphis tops the SA with a .972 FA.

Manager Al Todd is still at the helm of the Mobile Bears... he brought them in a very close second to Nashville last year, losing out by two games... the Bears have done well this year, but don't have the great pitching of a year ago, nor do they have the good hitting and power... but they are still doing better than predicted... the Bruins went 22-11 last month, but still lost ground to Memphis... they lost their power man, George "Shotgun" Shuba to the major league Brooklyn Dodgers... he was promoted after batting a lofty .379 in 78 games with 6 homers and 71 RBIs... still Mobile has hung in there with the likes of 1B Preston Ward (.320 BA/9 HR/38 RBI/27 R), CF Cal Abrams (.312 BA/3 HR/50 RBI/103 R/30 SB), RF Walt Sessi (.282 BA/7 HR/38 RBI/45 R/1 SB) and 2B Stan Wasiak (.276 BA/0 HR/52 RBI/83 R/12 SB)... but they are no match for Memphis and Nashville at the plate... the pitching has been hit-and-miss... nowhere as good as '47... Pete Wojey (16-7/2.28) has been the only standout... the other starters are Ken Olson (13-7/4.28), Russ Oppliger (9-6/4.77) and John Hall (6-4/3.38)... the Mobile staff has compiled a 3.77 team ERA, third best in the SA... surprisingly they are second in scoring runs with 617, despite only batting .273... fourth in homers with 65... Bears are number two in defense with a .967 FA.

The third place Birmingham Barons got hot again in July (21-13) after a down month in June (15-16) and are looking good for the rest of the season... catcher Fred Walters is the playing skipper... he possesses the second-best team ERA at 3.66... the Barons rank 5th with a .275 BA and second with 85 homers... but are 5th in scoring runs with 559... Birmingham is only average on defense with a .963 FA (5th).

Nashville copped the SA pennant last year... after contending for the top spot for the first two months of this season, the fourth place Nashville Vols have been terrible the past two months, nose-diving to 14-19 in June and even worse in July with a 10-22 mark... manager Larry Gilbert has the offense, but just doesn't have the pitching this year... the Vols are rated 6th with a 4.32 ERA... Gilbert's only dependable pitchers this year have been Pete Mallory (10-6/3.59) and Dick Conger (7-5/3.18)... the rest have been disappointing... Ben Wade (7-13/4.93) is struggling... he won 19 games last year... Leo Twardy (7-11/4.07) was a 20-game winner in '47... and former major leaguer Cookie Cuccurullo (8-9/4.41) has been inconsistent... however, they can and do light up the scoreboards... Nashville sports a .299 BA (1st), with 681 runs (1st) and 146 HR (1st)... RF Chuck Workman (.373 BA/45 HR/138 RBI/98 R) and CF Charlie Gilbert (.359 BA/31 HR/80 RBI/107 R/28 SB) are both having super seasons, along with C Smoky Burgess (.396 BA/16 HR/62 RBI/58 R/6 SB), who is flirting with the .400 mark and leads the SA in batting average... other capable hitters in the batting order are LF Elwood Grantham (.278 BA/16 HR/77 RBI/78 R/3 SB), SS Hal Quick (.305 BA/0 HR/31 RBI/52 R/1 SB), 3B Ted Cieslak (.284 BA/2 HR/37 RBI/39 R/3 SB), 3B Buster Boguskie (.304 BA/9 HR/42 RBI/51 R/2 SB) and 2B Joe Damato (.253 BA/6 HR/50 RBI/63 R/7 SB)... however, Nashville has the worst defense in the league with a very poor .956 FA (8th).

Last year the Little Rock Travelers has an atrocious 49-105 record, but things have improved this season under manager Jack Saltzgaver... pitching is much improved this year... the Pebbles are currently in fifth place in the Southern Association and may have a shot at the playoffs this year... the Travs have a pretty fair offense... they are hitting .281 (3rd), scored 594 runs (3rd), but lack home-run punch... just 40 roundtrippes so far (6th-tied)... Little Rock has some good starters and rank 5th with a 4.06 ERA... they just added Alex Ronay (8-4/3.98) in a trade with Birmingham... he should improve the rotation... in June the Travelers dipped to 10-22, but rebounded this month with an 18-15 mark... things are looking better for the remainder of the year in Little Rock... defensively the Pebs are tied for third place with a better-than-average .965 FA... the mound corps is anchored by Milo Johnson (12-9/3.35) and Marlin Stuart (9-3/2.88)... the addition of Neil Saulia (9-8/4.83) and Alex Ronay (8-4/3.98) should give them a shot at the first division... Al Piechota (8-10/3.33) has pitched well, but his record doesn't show it... Len Perme (6-10/4.40) has been disappointing thus far... he could really help the rest of the year if he gets himself right... Little Rock has some crackerjack hitters... recently-signed RF Ed Mierkowicz (.355 BA/1 HR/25 RBI/18 R) has been a ball-of-fire since joining the club a month ago... adding him in with 3B Wayne Blackburn (.353 BA/0 HR/28 RBI/78 R/17 SB), 2B Bob Mavis (.332 BA/10 HR/68 RBI/93 R/5 SB), CF Johnny Grice (.314 BA/0 HR/49 RBI/69 R/9 SB) and 1B Bobby Moyer (.287 BA/5 HR/48 RBI/44 R/2 SB) have added some sizzle to the Travs... however, they are severely lacking the longball.

Manager Jimmy Brown has really had a tough time in New Orleans... nothing but injuries and more injuries... plus constant personnel changes... he has rarely had the same players in the same month... the Pels played well in June with a 19-13 record, but have since lost some more players to injuries and to the parent team, the Pittsburgh Pirates... Brown is still trying to piece together a club... the Pelicans went 15-18 last month and currently in sixth place in the SA standings... New Orleans is last with a .264 BA, last in runs with only 445 and last in homers with just 30 this season... the club ranks 4th with a 4.02 ERA... they are tied for 3rd with a good .965 FA... Dutch Dietz (9-8/3.12) has been the top starter with good help in the bullpen from Jim Kleckley (7-7/2.21/34 G)... Frank Stare (5-7/3.77/23 G) and George Diehl (6-9/4.13) have contributed some good starts at times... New Orleans has some solid ballplayers... RF George McDonald (.370 BA/1 HR/33 RBI/25 R/1SB), who was sent to the club two months ago, have proved to be a fine contact hitter... 1B Al Flair (.335 BA/5 HR/43 RBI/34 R/1 SB) is as good as it gets... he led the SA last season in home runs... but he has missed half the season thus far with several injuries... CF Stan Wentzel (.302/0 HR/34 RBI/51 R/8 SB) is a fine, all-around young player... LF Pete Krauss (.295 BA/2 HR/42 RBI/56 R/2 SB) is a veteran pro, too... newcomer C Ebba St. Claire (.292 BA/6 HR/40 RBI/41 R/1 SB) is a young switch-hitter with good power and lots of potential.

It's been a long, long season for manager Kiki Cuyler in Atlanta... his Crackers have had only one good month out of four... they were 18-14 in June, but went back into a 12-24 slump in July... the Crackers are deep in the second division of the Southern Association and going nowhere... they are 7th in scoring with only 473 runs... horrible on the hill, ranked 7th with a 4.51 team ERA... and 6th defensively with a poor .959 FA... only Norm Brown (8-10/3.05) and Carl Lundquist (9-12/3.89) have been reliable on the mound... Atlanta's best bats have been 1B Chet Hajduk (.329 BA/8 HR/56 RBI/49 R), CF Country Brown (.329 BA/8 HR/37 RBI/45 R/3 SB) and RF Tommy Neill (.309 BA/11 HR/51 RBI/49 R/4 SB).

As bad as Atlanta has been, the Chattanooga Lookouts have been far worse... manager George Myatt just doesn't have the players... 'Nooga is in last place... they haven't had anything close to a winning record in any month this season... they have been 11-21 the previous two months... Myatt's team is ranked 6th in runs with 473 and 3rd in homers with 76... pitching-wise the Lookouts are just plain bad with a 5.28 ERA (8th)... and 7th with a poor .958 FA... offensively CF Larry Drake (.260 BA/30 HR/73 RBI/52 R/1 SB), LF Babe Ellis (.298 BA/10 HR/70 RBI/60 R/15 SB) and 3B Johnny Rizzo (.277 BA/7 HR/41 RBI/47 R/1 SB) have been the run producers... on the mound Vern Curtis (12-9/5.22) is the club leader with 12 victories, but he has a sky-high 5.22 ERA... it really is a horrendous staff.

Not much of a pennant race this year in the Southern Association... it appears the Memphis Chicks are the cream of the crop and will easily take the pennant... Mobile looks like a safe bet for second place... Birmingham should take third... Nashville, Little Rock and perhaps New Orleans might contend for the last playoff spot - fourth place... Atlanta and Chattanooga will fight it out for seventh... the rest of the year doesn't appear to be very exciting in the Southern Association.

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THE ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE
Monday, August 2, 1948


AMAZING CHIX NICK TRAVS IN OPENER
What a magical season for the Memphis Chicks!... whatever they have to do to win a game, they do it... in the opener of the Sunday doubleheader, the Chickasaws came through again... they were all but beaten in the 8th, when they tied the game at 4-all with three runs... Paul Armstrong's double sent them to extra innings... in the top of the 10th Little Rock took the lead again, but couldn't hold it... Memphis came right back as CF Armstrong (.339/48 RBI) made it 5-5 with another RBI double and then 3B Glen Stewart (.250/29 RBI) singled with the bases loaded to cap the victory... the Chicks rapped 17 hits with 2B John Antonelli (.339/43 RBI) socking four of them and Armstrong getting three... John Perkovich (21-2/2.84), the fourth pitcher of the day, got his 21st win despite giving up a run in the top of the 10th and almost blowing the game... it really must be magic!

LITTLE ROCK DIVIDES A PAIR WITH MEMPHIS
After a heart-breaking defeat in the first game of the twinbill, Little Rock rebounded with a 7-2 triumph in the nightcap to divide a pair with the sizzling Memphis Chicks... the Travelers' Al Piechota (9-10/3.27) cooled them off and put a stop to their six-game winning string... he fired a six-hitter, walked four and fanned three, while going the route... Little Rock tore into 12-game winner Hugh Mulcahy (12-5/2.79) for four runs and seven hits in the first six innings and sent him down to his fifth defeat... the Pebbles pounded out 13 hits in the contest with CF Johnny Grice (.316/53 RBI) driving in three runs... 3B Wayne Blackburn (.349/28 RBI) added two doubles and scored twice... and C Duke Doolittel (.251/21 RBI) went 3 for 5... with the split SA-leader Memphis (83-30) still has a comfortable 11-game margin over runner-up Mobile (72-41)... Little Rock (54-60) still trails Nashville (55-59) by a game in the battle for the fourth spot.

MOBILE JOLTS NASHVILLE IN GAME 1
In Sunday afternoon baseball at Hartwell Field in Mobile, the Bears jolted Nashville 8-5 in the first of two... 2B Stan Wasiak (.277/55 RBI) snapped a 5-5 tie in the bottom of the 8th with a two-run two-bagger... good bullpen work helped the Bruins knock off the Vols, blanking them the last four frames... Dale Matthewson (5-1/2.54/39 G) carved out the win with three spotless innings... Wasiak led Mobile at the plate with two hits and three RBIs... 3B Bill Hart (.251/79 RBI) hit his 14th homer and batted in a pair of runs.

VOLS WIN 2ND GAME, SPLIT WITH BEARS
Nashville and Mobile split a twinbill with the Vols taking the second game 6-3, sparked by four hits by RF Chuck Workman (.380/142 RBI) and three runs batted in, including his 46th homer of the season... the Vols also got solid work out of Leo Twardy (8-11/4.01), who hurled a complete game, holding the Bears to seven hits, while walking only two and striking out five... Nashville picked up a dozen hits of three pitchers... the Vols (55-59) are fourth in the Southenn Association, but only a slim game in front of fifth place Little Rock (54-60)... Mobile (72-41) is second in the standings, 11 games back of the top team Memphis (83-30).
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BARONS TRIM CRACKERS BEHIND ROGERS
Sunday afternoon at Rickwood Field in Birmingham in the only Southern Association single game, two youngsters went at it hot-and-heavy on the hill with the Barons' 23-year-old right-hander Ken Rogers trimming Atlanta's 20-year-old Ken Deal 3-2... Rogers (3-2/2.84) held the Crackers to just six hits, while fanning four batters and walking three... Deal got into deep trouble in the bottom of the 8th and walked three batters to force in the winning score... C George Dickey walked on a 3-2 pitch to give Birmingham the go-ahead run... Deal (3-8/3.91) only permitted six hits, but walked five batters... third place Birmingham upped its mark to 62-51, while Atlanta stands seventh with a dismal 40-76 record.

'NOOGA NUKES NEW ORLEANS IN 1ST GAME
The first game of the doubleheader went to the Chattanooga Lookouts as they nuked New Orleans 9-1 at Pelican Stadium as Ramon Garcia (6-1/4.43) twirled a nice six-hitter... CF Larry Drake (.266/75 RBI) cracked four hits, scored three and batted in two runs... Drake slammed his 31st roundtripper of the season, tied for second place in the Southern Association with Nashville's Charlie Gilbert... RF Gabby Williams (.253/37 RBI) drove in three runs for the Lookouts and SS Jim Clark (.247/34 RBI) had two ribbies.

NEW ORLEANS GAINS SPLIT IN NIGHTCAP
The New Orleans Pelicans saved the best for last as they rallied past Chattanooga and Hal Toenes for four runs in the last of the 8th to nail down the nightcap 4-1 and gain a split of the twinbill... Dutch Dietz (10-8/2.93) became a 10-game winner in a sharp outing, stopping the Lookouts on seven hits, while whiffing five and issuing no walks... loser Toenes (1-18/6.82) had a four-hit shutout until the ill-fated 8th when he was slapped for six singles... the Pelicans are in sixth place in the SA 53-62 on the year, while the Lookouts are dead last with an abysmal 36-76 ledger.
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Wednesday, August 4, 1948


PERKOVICH COPS 22ND VICTORY
There's just no stopping John Perkovich and there's no stopping the marvelous Memphis Chicks... both of them just keep on winning in the Southern Association... Perkovich recorded his 22nd victory of the season over the New Orleans Pelicans Tuesday night in the Crescent City at Pelican Stadium... the first place Chicks drubbed the sixth place Pels 6-1... they got only seven hits off Perkovich (22-2/2.75) who totaled four strikeouts and walked none... Memphis mopped up on two New Orleans pitchers for 13 hits, led by RF Roy Bueschen (.286/33 RBI) with two hits and three RBIs... and LF Jerry Scala (.311/17 RBI) added three hits, scored twice and drove in a run.

BEARS BLITZ BARONS BEHIND OLSON
In a battle of two of the better clubs in the Southern Association at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Mobile right-hander Ken Olson pitched ugly, but came away with his 14th win as he stiffed Birmingham 6-1 in spite of giving up 12 hits... the Barons just couldn't connect when it mattered most... they left 12 baserunners on... Olson (14-7/4.11) chalked up four Ks and issued only two bases on balls... he and John Hoffman (3-9/5.10) were locked up in a tight 1-0 game when Mobile battered him for four runs in the 6th... the Bears piled up 15 hits with 2B Stan Wasiak (.286/57 RBI) going 4 for 5 with two RBIs and two runs scored... LF Don Runge (.266/13 RB) had three hits and scored twice... and 1B Preston Wade (.326/41 RBI) provided two hits and two RBIs to the win... this was the opener of a four-game set between the second place Bears (73-61) and third place Barons (62-52).

VOLS CLIP CRACKERS
On the road in Atlanta, the Nashville Vols cashed in on Bob Spicer's first start of the year and clipped the Crackers 5-3... the Vols jolted Atlanta starter Norm Brown for four runs in the top of the 7th to take command of the game... Spicer also had a hand in that, too... 2B Fred Vaughn (.194/24 RBI) doubled in the tying run and Spicer followed it up with a two-run two-bagger to make it 4-2... CF Charlie Gilbert rounded out the rally with an RBI single to complete the scoring... Spicer (3-3/2.75/14 G) did an adequate job on the hill, scattering 10 hits in seven and one-third frames... he fanned three and walked only one... reliever Cookie Cuccurullo (8-9/4.35/29 G) got the final five outs in order to complete the victory... Brown (8-1/3.19) was the loser, touched for five runs in six-plus innings... Nashville rapped 14 hits with Spicer getting three of them... Cracker RF Tommy Neill (.313/56 RBI) homered and drove in three runs in defeat... it was his 12th blast of the season... the fourth place Vols (56-59) remained one game ahead of fifth place Little Rock (55-60).

TRAVS AND JOHNSON COAST BY 'NOOGA
In Tuesday night action in Chattanooga, the Little Rock Travelers and Milo Johnson coasted to a 6-2 victory over the hometown Lookouts... Johnson (13-9/3.25) registered his 13th win of the season, spreading out 10 hits in a complete game... he fanned eight batters and walked two... the Travs collected 13 hits off three Chattanooga hurlers with cleanup hitter 1B Bobby Moyer (.290/51 RBI) leading the way with three hits and a pair of ribbies... Moyer smacked a pair of doubles... helped out by 2B Bob Mavis (.333/70 RBI) with a pair of base hits and two runs scored... fifth place Little Rock (55-60) failed to gain on Nashville (56-59) in the race for the fourth spot in the SA standings... the Vols are still one game ahead.
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MY LIFE IN 1948

Sorry, I have not been updating you guys and gals lately on my life... do gals play Out of the Park Baseball?... well, just in case they do, I will include them... don't want to neglect the women of the world... they make the world very special in many, many ways.

Well, let's see... it's already August... I didn't do a July life update... just forgot to do it... so here goes... I will backtrack a little and fill you in on my life... every summer I would head to Florence and Sheffield in the northwest corner of Alabama... spend most of my time staying with Uncle Russell/Aunt Ruth and Uncle Leonard/another Aunt Ruth and all my cousins, who actually were more like brothers and sisters to me, since I was an only child for the first 10 years of my life.

Uncle Russell was city folk in Sheffield... he worked for gas pipeline company and had to travel the pipeline right of way on a regular basis... Uncle Leonard was country folk and a farmer in Florence... actually his farm was on the outskirts of the town in Central, about 5-10 miles out of town... you could get there via the Cloverdale Highway or the Savannah Highway... the only time Uncle Ross went to town was to go to the western double-feature movies on Saturday and at the same time for Aunt Ruth to stock up on groceries and family shopping needs... during the week my cousins Jimmy and Bobby, along with cousin George from Sheffield would do all sorts of things... build rafts to travel on Cypress Creek... go swimming in the creek several times a day... play cowboys and Indians... play war games... play baseball... and walk several miles to go to Murphy's store and get a coke or piece of candy... every Tuesday the Rolling Store came by the farm and you could buy a few grocery staples to get you through the week... Aunt Ruth would give us each a nickel to buy some candy... and every Friday when she got paid for working at the Knitting Mill in town making underwear, she would bring each of us a wonderful RC Cola and a moon pie... Um, Um, Um... Tuesdays and Fridays were very special to all of us cousins.

In Sheffield my cousin George and I would ride bicycles all over town... we would play football, baseball or basketball with the area kids... we were outside from 8 am to dark everyday... sadly we didn't have TV, computers and cell phones like people are blessed or damned with today... society really has to be careful with all the technology we have today... not sure it is all good for us... the modern world is a real mess... the 40s and 50s had problems, but not like today.

Life was much simpler in my time... I was blessed by being alive and growning up in the 40s and 50s... we did have 3 or 4 radio stations... I began listening to music on the radio in '47 and learning to sing along with the music... I'm sure that's where I got my great love of music and eventually spent 32 years in radio... also enjoyed the afternoon radio shows for kids like Superman, Jack Armstrong, All-American Boy, Sergeant Preston of the Yukon and Sky King... we loved the comedy shows at night like Burns and Allen, Jack Benny and Phil Harris... Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Gene Autry has shows,too... I especially like a detective known as The Fat Man... he would step on the scales at the beginning of each episode and his weight would be given... he was indeed a fat man... Brad Runyan was his name and he was played by William Conrad. a guy with a magnificent baritone voice... Conrad went on to play Matt Dillon on the Gunsmoke radio program... starred on TV as Cannon (1971-1976), he was detective... and Jake and the Fatman (1987-1992)... at night we would listen to country music on WSM, the home of the Grand Ole Opry... listening to the great Hank Williams, Red Foley and Ernest Tubb... on the weekend we never missed a detective show called The Shadow with Lamont Cranston.

Sheffield wasn't very big... two movies, the Colbert and the Ritz... a town of about 5,000 with one high school, the Bulldogs, a junior high and maybe several elementary schools... Florence was the big town across the Tennessee River bridge... a town of maybe 20,000 or so with one high school, the Coffee Yellow Jackets... the Sheffield Bulldogs and the Coffee Yellow Jackets played football every Thanksgiving Day... it was big event in the area... Florence had three movies, the Majestic, Princess and a fancy, modern one called the Shoals... the Shoals had seats that rocked back-and-forth and have a huge screen... and yeah, it cost more than the other plain, old, simple theatres in town.

Top Songs in 1948

"Good Rockin' Tonight" by Wynonie Harris... an amazing forerunner of rock 'n' roll that was still about 7 years away... in 1955 Bill Haley and the Comets was one of the first rock 'n' roll song to make the number one spot on Billboard Magazine's fabled music charts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7IFrGZMzYU

"Cool Water" by Vaughn Monroe and the Sons of the Pioneers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWVr6_rg6_I

"I'm My Own Grandpa" by Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE0_M3lXCx0

News of the Day - July 1948
President Harry S. Truman was a great president in my opinion... he made the terribly difficult decision to use the Atomic bomb to end the war with Japan... it saved an estimated 1 million deaths and casualties for the US troops... it's sad what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but it was by far the better choice... Truman probably saved a million Japanese lives, too... if the US had invaded Japan, most of them would have fought to the death.

July 26 – U.S. President Truman signs Executive Order 9981, ending racial segregation in the United States Armed Forces... Truman was truly ahead of his time.

Harry could be stubborn... and you better not say anything bad about his daughter Margaret and her singing... the most noted incident of a display of Presidential temper on behalf of a family member involved Mr. Truman. After the music critic, Paul Hume of The Washington Post, had written the review critical of Margaret Truman, the President wrote him: "Someday, I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes and perhaps a supporter below!"

That was "old give 'em Hell, Harry".
In the 1948 Presidential election campaign. In Bremerton, Washington, Truman delivered a speech attacking the Republicans. During the speech a supporter yelled out "Give 'em Hell, Harry!". Truman replied, "I don't give them Hell. I just tell the truth about them and they think it's Hell." Subsequently, "Give 'em Hell, Harry!" became a lifetime slogan for Truman supporters.

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THE MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL-APPEAL
Thursday, August 5, 1948


CHIX CLIP PELS WITH GOOD BULLPEN
The SA-leading Memphis Chicks got good help from its bullpen in outlasting the sixth place New Orleans Pelicans 6-4 at Pelican Stadium... 22-year-old Jim Goodwin (4-1/2.53/18 G) throttled the Pels with four scoreless frames in relief of starter Chuck Eisenmann (14-4/3.21)... Eisenmann got credit for the victory but it was tough going for him... New Orleans banged him around for four runs and seven hits in his five innings... Eisenmann left in the sixth for a pinchhitter leading 5-4... 2B Bill Kelly (.290/46 RBI) doubled in the winning run... Memphis outhit New Orleans 11 to 10 with 1B Gordon Goldsberry (.308/58 RBI) driving in a pair of runs... 3B Herschel Held (.239/42 RBI) homered for the Pelicans.

BARONS BASH BRUINS AT RICKWOOD

Third place Birmingham got a solid outing from Al LaMacchia at Rickwood Field as the Barons bashed the second place Mobile Bears 7-2 in Southern Association activity yesterday... LaMacchia (6-9/3.76) went the route, holding the Bears to six hits, while walking three and striking out four... SS Mel Hoderlein (.272/43 RBI), RF George Wilson (.317/84 RBI) and CF Tommy O'Brien (.313/80 RBI) topped Birmingham with three hits each... it wasn't a good day for 16-game winner Pete Wojey (16-8/2.40)... the Barons blistered him for five runs in just five innings.

ATLANTA'S LINDQUIST TAMES NASHVILLE
Larry Gilbert's fourth place Nashville Vols continue to struggle to score runs... this time against Carl Lindquist of the seventh place Atlanta Crackers... big Carl tamed the Vols 3-2... they socked him for 13 hits but could only put two runs on the scoreboard... five doubles plays greatly enhanced Lindquist's performance... all the Crackers could get off Ben Wade was a three-run homer in the fourth frame by C Red Mathis (.282/43 RBI), but it was enough... Wade (7-14/4.84) lost it, but only surrendered five hits... Lindquist (10-12/3.81) struck out six Vols and walked three to put a stop to his four-game losing stretch... both hurlers tossed complete games.

Fifth place Little Rock was rained out at last place Chattanooga... the clubs will play a doubleheader today.
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THE BIRMINGHAM NEWS
Friday, August 6, 1948


MOBILE MAULS BARONS
The Mobile Bears put on a hitting clinic at Birmingham's home park, Rickwood Field, mauling the Barons 15-8 and piling up 21 hits on five pitchers... the Bears busted the game wide open in the late innings and won going away... heading up the Mobile arsenal was 1B Preston Ward (.342/43 RBI), who went 5 for 7, RF Walt Sessi (.285/41 RBI) was 4 for 6 and SS Bill Kearns (.284/16 RBI) drove in five runs... the Bears used three pitchers with Ross Oppliger (9-6/4.92/28 G) nailing down the win with three scoreless innings... however, the victory went to starter Roy Boles (5-5/5.01), despite being shelled badly for seven runs in just five innings... C George Dickey (.215/16 RBI) paced Birmingham with five ribbies, getting three of them on a homer... second place Mobile (74-42) shaved a half-game off the Memphis (85-30) lead, but are still 11 and a half games out of first place... Birmingham (63-53) is holding steady in the third spot in the Southern Association standings... the Chickasaws were rained out in New Orleans.

WORKMAN'S HR IN 11TH WINS IT FOR VOLS
It took a while but Pete Mallory's stingy pitching finally paid off in the 11th inning... RF Chuck Workman boomed his 47th roundtripper of the season to beat Atlanta 4-1... Mallory went the route, touched for nine hits, while striking out four Crackers and walking only one... Atlanta starter Eli Hodkey was outstanding, too, only permitting one unearned run and four hits in his nine innings... Hodkey had nine Ks and walked just one batter... Workman (.379/146 RBI) drove in all four Nashville runs and now has 146 RBIs, easily tops in the SA... he also is way ahead in homers with 47... the Vols (57-60) maintained its one-game margin on Little Rock (56-61) in the fight for fourth place.

TRAVS NIPS 'NOOGA IN 1ST GAME BEHIND RONAY
Alex Ronay registered his second win for Little Rock since coming over in a trade with Birmingham... Ronay (9-4/3.89) fired seven innings, fanned six batters, walked three and held Chattanooga to six hits in a 3-2 victory... Andy Adams (1-0/3.18/3 G) topped it off for him with two scoreless frames... Vern Curtis (12-10/5.05) went the distance in defeat, allowing 10 hits... the Travelers got RBIs from LF Joe Scheldt (.268/28 RBI), 2B Bob Mavis (.332/71 RBI) and C Joe Erautt (.284/40 RBI)... 1B Robert Reid (.265/54 RBI) and C Andy Fleitas (.315/18 RBI) drove in the runs for the Lookouts... this was Little Rock's third consecutive victory and Chattanooga's third loss in a row.

'NOOGA EDGES TRAVS IN NIGHTCAP
Chattanooga and Little Rock split a pair of games with the nightcap going to the Lookouts behind the impressive pitching of Dick Weik... he put down the Pebbles 2-1 in a tough battle with Len Perme... both hurlers permitted eight hits each, with Weik (6-14/5.40) striking out four batters and walking three... Perme (6-11/4.24) fanned five Lookouts and issued two free passes... Chattanooga LF Babe Ellis (.299/72 RBI) put them ahead with a sac fly in the opening frame... the Lookouts got a gift run in the third when RF Gabby Williams (.253/37 RBI) went home on bad throw by CF Larry Drake to third base and allowed him to score the decisive run... CF Johnny Grice (.314/54 RBI) drove in the only Little Rock run in the fourth with a single... Williams led the Lookouts with three hits, while 2B Bob Mavis (.336/71 RBI) belted three for the Travelers... the split cost the Travelers (56-61) a half-game in the race for fourth place in the SA... they still trail Nashville (57-60) by a game.

The top club in the Southern Association, the Memphis Chickasaws (85-30) were rained out in New Orleans (53-64)... the teams will make it up today with a twinbill.
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