39 YEARS AGO
JULY 29, 1976
From “The Colyum” by Bob Bozeman: I am not all that much of an avid ‘TV-watcher,’ but I have almost gotten bug-eyed looking at the tube since the Olympics began. I have watched faithfully, days, when time permitted, and nights. I watched because I wanted a chance to see our own Clint Jackson on international TV. I never did.
“I learned Sunday morning that Clint’s fight was broadcast about 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Had I known it was going to be telecast, I could have been home watching it. Not knowing, I worked at the office until about 1:30 and missed it.
“Sunday afternoon, as usual, I played golf. Got home and Maurice informed me that Clint had knocked out his opponent with one blow. Yes, missed that too. There has been no announced schedule of the boxing matches, so, how do you know when you are supposed to be in front of the tube? Lots of other folks have had the same problem, I’m sure, because quite a few have called me to ask if I knew when Clint would be on TV.
“Now, let me admit to start with that I’m no fan of Howard Cosell. I wish he and his big, long, ugly nose would never appear on TV again. That said, I do want to place the blame on old Cosell for not putting our Clint on prime TV time, Howard has been so wrapped up with his favorite ‘Sugar’ Ray Leonard, he just hasn’t found time for the USA’s best boxer, Clinton Jackson.
“Clint was supposed to have boxed yesterday afternoon and I hope that I got to see him. Regardless, I’m sure we are all proud of Clint, his boxing prowess and his behavior, and his insisting that the news people say that he is from Evergreen, Alabama, rather than from Tennessee.
“Knock ‘em all out, Clint.”
“Sparta football team meeting Sunday 5 p.m.: Head Coach Mike Bledsoe announces today that there will be a meeting of the Sparta Academy football team this Sunday afternoon at five o’clock in the school gymnatorium. All boys who plan to participate should be present at this meeting.”
54 YEARS AGO
JULY 27, 1961
“The pennant race in the Evergreen Senior League has become a three-way affair. The first-place Indians lead both the Braves and defending champion Tigers, tied for second place, by only 1/2 game. The second place time will be broken Thursday night when the Braves tangle with the Tigers.”
“Indians vs. Tigers: The Indians seized a firm, 1-1/2 game lead on the first place in the Evergreen Senior League Saturday night by downing the Tigers, 6-2, in extra innings. The loss dropped the Tigers into a second place tie with the Braves.
“Jimmy Weaver went all the way for the decision. Willie Mack Pate had a no-hitter going until the fifth inning, but suffered the loss. Weaver recorded 12 strikeouts and Pate 6.
“The Tigers scored two runs in the third on an error, a walk and singles by Donnie Bolton and Grady Ralls.
“The Indians tied it in the fifth and then cut loose for four runs in the top of the sixth, a single from Stan Coker being the key blow of the inning.
“The game lasted so long that the second game of the night, scheduled between the Braves and the Pirates had to be postponed.”
“Tigers v. Pirates: The Tigers moved within 1/2 game of first place Monday night by clouting the Pirates, 9-2.
“Sid Lambert threw a three-hit, seven strike out game at the Buccos for the winners. Scott Cook and Steve Baggett were the Pirate pitchers.
“The Tigers scoffed in every inning with three-run outbursts in the first and the fourth. The Pirates scored both of their runs in the initial frame and got only two men on base thereafter.”
“Tigers vs. Braves: The Braves downed the Tigers, 5-4, Friday night and moved within 1/2 game of second place in doing so.
“Ronnie Jackson was the mound victor for the Braves. Mike Fields took the loss although he was relieved with nobody out, two men on base, in the second by Sid Lambert.
“Grady Ralls’ triple to deep left center field was the highlight of the three-run Tiger first. This lead held up only until the second when the Braves with only one hit managed to score four runs. The losers scored a run in the fifth and threatened to score more but couldn’t manage it.”
“Braves vs. Indians: The Braves moved to within 1/2 game of the top spot in the Evergreen Senior League Monday night by subduing the league-leading Indians, 3-2.
“Ronnie Jackson held the Tribe in check while his opponent, Jimmy Weaver, had troubles with the Braves.
“The victors tallied twice in the first inning and once, thanks to walks, in the third. This proved to be too much for the Indians to overcome.”
69 YEARS AGO
JULY 25, 1946
“Aggies Win First Game In Amateur Baseball League: Evergreen’s entry in the Amateur Baseball League won its first game Thursday when they nosed out Flomaton, 4 to 3. A game scheduled with Uriah Sunday was rained out.
“Edsel Johnson received credit for the win against Flomaton after relieving Hart in the sixth inning with the Greenies trailing, 3 to 1. Ottis Johnson had two hits to pace the batters. An inside-the-park home run was hit by Edsel Johnson in the seventh with nobody on.
“The Greenies play their first home game Thursday when they meet Uriah at the high school stadium at three o’clock.
“Batteries: W. Hart, E. Johnson (6), and White, G. Hart (6), W. Hart (6). Adams, Hadden (8), Vickory (9) and Bell. W.P. – E. Johnson. L.P. Hadden.”
“Plans Are Complete For Evergreen Horse Show: Entries are arriving at a fast pace these days for Evergreen’s First Horse Show, which will be staged at the High School Athletic Stadium Thurs., Aug. 8, beginning at 7:30 p.m. A hundred or more fine horses from all sections of Alabama and some from other states are expected to be entered in this event. Prizes aggregating some $551 will be awarded to the winners.
“Shows like the one to be held here are being held at various points all over the country these days. Locally, the event is sponsored by the Evergreen Rotary Club.
“All persons who desire to enter a horse in this show should see or write D.T. Stuart at once. Entries close July 31.”
84 YEARS AGO
JULY 30, 1931
“Baptist-Methodist Game Thurs., Aug. 6: What promised to be one of the most closely contested baseball games of the season between the Methodists and Baptists was abruptly ended Thursday afternoon at the close of the first inning by a downpour of rain, the score 0 to 0. Players and fans were much disappointed that the game could not be played to a finish. So keen was the disappointment, it has been determined that another game will be played on Thursday afternoon, Aug. 6, between the same teams.
“The game was sponsored by the Lions Club for the benefit of the Boy Scouts. The club has decided that those who bought tickets to the game last Thursday may see the next game without purchasing another ticket if they desire, by making their claim at the gate. Those who bought tickets to the game and who did not present same, may use them next Thursday if they desire.
“Virtually the same line-ups will be used in the game next Thursday as in last Thursday’s game.”
“Evergreen Juniors To Play Brewton Today: The Evergreen Junior baseball team will play a team from Brewton today at Gantt’s Field, the game to begin promptly at two o’clock. The junior team has some promising material to put against the Brewton juniors and the game will be a close one it is believed. Fans are asked to come early as the game will start at two o’clock sharp in order that it may be finished by 3:30, at which time the Evergreen colored team is scheduled to play the colored team from Selma.”