Bathers Baseball by Don Duren

By Don Duren

Bathers Baseball – relates the historical past of sweet sixteen league baseball in sizzling Springs, Arkansas. The Spa entered the pro baseball ranks in 1887 and performed intermittently till 1909. town, void of teen league baseball until eventually 1937, emerged as a member of the category C, Cotton States League. The crew, tagged the recent Springs Bathers, was once instrumental in signing the 1st African-American participant to play within the Cotton States League. The ebook finds many old and colourful tales. Bert Shepard, WWII amputee, pitched and performed first base for the Bathers in 1952. an analogous 12 months, Mike Ilitch performed for the Bathers. Ilitch, now proprietor of Little Caesar’s Pizza, the Detroit pink Wings (NHL) and Detroit Tigers (MLB) was once a very good moment baseman. a number of Bathers performed within the significant leagues together with “Hippo” Vaughn, Johnny Sain, Herb Adams, Ed McGhee, invoice Fisher and George Brunet. additionally, a number of former significant league avid gamers served as supervisor together with Paul “Daffy” Dean, Joe Kuhel, Pete Fox, Jim Hogan and Mickey O’Neil.

Duren attended public colleges in sizzling Springs. Following commencement, he served 4 years within the usa Air strength. He has obtained levels from Ouachita Baptist college in Arkansas (BA), Southwestern Seminary in feet. worthy, TX (MRE) and Northwestern country collage in Louisiana (MS). He’s a retired Minister of actions at Park towns Baptist Church in Dallas, TX. Duren can also be the writer of Boiling Out on the Springs: A heritage of significant League Baseball Spring education in sizzling Springs, Arkansas.

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