34 YEARS AGO
APRIL 16, 1981
“Sparta nine loses, wins: The Sparta Academy Warriors split a pair of baseball games last week, winning on the road and losing at home, according to Sports Information Director Byron Warren Jr.
“In a game played April 7 in Evergreen, the Warriors lost to Fort Deposit Academy, 10-8, with Jeff Johnson the losing pitcher, but also hitting a home run. Eight errors were costly to the Warriors who collected five hits. The visitors had seven hits and were guilty of two errors.
“Sparta traveled to Greenville on April 10 and pounded out a 12-7 decision over Fort Dale Academy with Mike Mixon the winning pitcher. Mixon helped his own cause as he had four hits including a triple. Andy Hammonds hit a home run and Russ Raines, Joe McInvale and Jeff Johnson had two hits each. The Warriors collected 13 hits and committed two errors. Fort Dale had eight hits and four errors.”
“Alex Johnson killed this gobbler last Friday. The Tom sported a 10-3/8 inch beard and 3/4-inch spurs. It weighed 15-1/4 pounds.”
“Charles Kast scored again when he bagged this fine, 18-pound gobbler on Wednesday of last week. The bird had a 10-inch beard and 5/8-inch spurs.”
“Jr. Baseball loop deadline extended: The Evergreen Junior Baseball League tryouts for new players and players moving up from one league to the next have been set for Sat., May 2, starting at 9 a.m. at Evergreen Recreational Park.”
49 YEARS AGO
APRIL 21, 1966
“QB Club elects officers tonite: Officers for 1966-67 will be elected tonight at the final meeting of the school year of Evergreen Quarterback Club. The meeting will begin at seven o’clock in Memorial Gymnasium at Evergreen High School.
“Bill Hinson, chairman, will present the nominating committee’s report. Retiring President Waynard Price urges all members to attend.”
From “Front Page, Upper Left Corner” by Bob Bozeman – “Thank goodness the turkey season ended Wednesday. Not that it was really bothering me, but I had gotten quite concerned over my friends who hunt wild gobblers. Fellows like Dr. Joe Hagood, E.B. Horton, Sam Cope, Robert Moorer, Dr. Rob Stallworth, Check Ellis, J.B. Andrews, just to name a few, were getting plumb hollow-eyed.
“Tal Stuart doesn’t get hollow-eyed from loss of sleep as he hunts his turkeys at the roost and gets plenty of rest.
“Not only were these fellows showing the strain of rising long before day, morning after morning, but mumblings of mutiny were arising from many households.
“Besides, ole W.A. (Boot) Thames is due a few mornings of sacking until five or six.”
64 YEARS AGO
APRIL 19, 1951
“Centerville Nips Rockets In Conecuh Loop Opener: The Centerville Rookies bunched their hits for five runs in the fifth inning to come from behind and edge the Flat Rock Rockets, 11-8, in a free-hitting game Sunday. It was the season-opener for both teams. It was played at Flat Rock.
“The Rockets got away to a three-run lead in the first inning. The Rookies knotted the count in their half of the fourth and went out front to stay in the fifth.
“George Gaston worked on the mound with Centerville with Clint Ward behind the plate. James Barlow hurled for Flat Rock with Huston Bailey catching.”
“Paul Aces Whip Shreve In Conecuh Loop Tilt: The Paul Aces opened their Conecuh Amateur League schedule Sunday with a 16-3 win over the Shreve Eagles. The game was played at Paul and puts the Aces into a first-place tie with the Centerville Rookies who downed Flat Rock in the league’s other opening game.
“Harold Godwin and J.W. Windham were the Paul pitchers who kept the Shreve bats silent through most of the game. Godwin hurled the first seven innings and Windham finished it up. McIntyre started for Shreve but turned it over to Sanford in the third inning. Sanford left the mound in the seventh, and Yancy finished it up. Joe McClain was behind the plate for the winners and Smith for the losers.
“J.W. Windham sparked Paul’s hitting attack with four hits in as many trips to the plate. He smacked a homer in the second inning. Ray Yancy with two hits in four trips topped the
79 YEARS AGO
APRIL 16, 1936
“Local Team Enters South Alabama League: At a meeting held last week at Brewton by representatives from here, Brewton, Atmore, Monroeville, Flomaton, Century and Jay, the South Alabama League was reorganized, plans made for the ensuing season and officers elected.
“Esco McCloud of Flomaton was elected president of the league, and Harry Brislin of Atmore, vice-president. The president was authorized to appoint the league statistician and secretary.
“Under arrangements made at the meeting, the season will get underway on April 23 with the completed schedule to be announced later. A 40-game season will be played, divided into two halves of 20 games each. As in the past, the regular schedule of the teams will call for two games each week to be played on Thursdays and Sundays, and it is understood that teams will again be given the privilege of changing dates where desirable and when agreeable to the opposing club.
“Attending the meeting last week from Evergreen were Bill Hanna, R.C. Snowden and L.M. Chapman. L.D. King Jr. will serve as manager of the local outfit, assisted by Bill Hanna. Practices are being held this week at Gantt Field preparatory to beginning the schedule April 23.
“Among those who will probably be included on the roster of players here are the following: Tom Melton, Archie Barfield, Dudley Seabrook, Doc Jones, Tom Kendall, Sam Jones, James Lane, Bill Hanna, ‘Ripper’ Williams, ‘Foot’ Brown, Leroy Hall, Gulmar Nobles, Mack Binion and Bob Kendall. An effort is being made to get ‘Skinny’ Hyde, who lives in Selma, to play with the club on Sundays but this arrangement has not as yet been completed.
“Each team will be permitted to carry a maximum of 20 players on its roster and players may be secured from wherever available with no restrictions as to residence or salaries paid.”