53 YEARS AGO
JUNE 27, 1963
Sr. League Results: The Tigers downed the Indians, 9-5, Monday night to strengthen their grip on first place. The winners now boast a 5-0 slate.
A triple by Jerry Johnson was the big hit of the Tigers’ seven-run first inning.
Singles by Clint Ward, Jimmy Warren and Paul Deason helped put three tallies across the plate for the losers in the third.
Wayne Pate was the winner on the hill although he was relieved in the fourth by Bubba Faulkner. Bill Snowden and Knud Nielsen were the Indian moundsmen with Snowden taking the loss.
Braves vs. Pirates: The Braves whipped the Pirates, 5-2, Monday night to take over second place in the Senior League pennant race. The Braves record is now 3-2 while the Bucs have a 2-3 mark.
The Braves scored three runs in the first frame on only one hit, a single by Terry Coleman.
Three errors in the Brave infield gave the losers two runs in the fourth.
Grover Jackson took the hill win, with Johnny Brown pitching the last inning for the victors. Chastain was the loser although Steve Baggett took over after two outs in the first inning.
Brave shortstop Terry Coleman was injured when struck in the eye by a throw in the fourth inning. He was taken to the Conecuh County Hospital for examination.
The Tigers vs. Pirates: The Tigers stretched their winning string to four Thursday night with a 4-1 win over the Pirates. Bubba Faulkner was the winning hurler while Steve Baggett was tagged with the loss.
68 YEARS AGO
JUNE 24, 1948
Cliff Harper Resigns EHS Post To Become AHSAA’s First Full Time Secretary: J. Cliff Harper resigned his post as principal of Evergreen High School last week to accept the position of full time secretary of the Alabama High School Athletic Association. Mr. Harper will assume his new duties on July 1 when he relieves Sellers Strough who has served in a part time capacity as secretary for 25 years.
This is a big step forward for the Alabama High School Athletic Association. This full time post has long been needed to bring the state’s high school sports organization up to par with other states such as Texas, Georgia and New York.
Mr. Harper and his staff of workers will have offices in Montgomery. Mr. Strough will work with Harper for the first month acquainting him with his new duties.
Mr. and Mrs. Harper and Mr. and Mrs. Strough of Birmingham are attending the national meeting of the Executive Secretaries of the State Athletic Associations in Piquot Lake, Min. They will be there for a week during which time rules, regulations, etc. for the next year will be discussed and voted on.
Mr. Harper has served as principal at Evergreen High School for the past two years. He is a native of Pineapple, Ala. and earned his A.B. at Birmingham Southern where he played end on the football team. After having coached two years at Sardis High School, Harper earned his M.S. at Auburn in 1939. He then served as principal and coach at Spring Garden High for four years and at Georgiana for one year before entering the Army.
Mr. Harper entered the Army as a private and was separated from the service as a captain. While in the Army, he served as a director of athletics and physical training.
Harper’s record at Evergreen High School has been outstanding. A firm believer in a strong athletic and physical training program, he organized an excellent intra-mural program at Evergreen High. He also set up and directed a summer recreation program for the City of Evergreen.
No one in the state has worked harder as an individual to strengthen the state athletic association than Cliff Harper. He long ago saw the need for a full time secretary and has urged the addition of this office. It is fitting that one of his qualifications and experience should become the first to fill the office.
Brewton Pro Baseball Club Will Hold Evergreen Night: Officials of the Brewton Millers entry in the professional Class D Alabama State League, announced this week that they would hold an “Evergreen Night” on Wed., July 7. Plans have been completed to reserve around half of the seats for Evergreen fans.
Businessmen in Brewton and Evergreen have purchased several hundred tickets to the game and will distribute them in Evergreen. Half the grandstand and half the bleachers will be roped off for Evergreen fans and a large attendance is expected to represent the city.
The Millers will play the Greenville Pirates in the game that will feature the events of “Evergreen Night.” Game time will be 7:30.
Greenies Play Brewton Here Sunday At Three: The Evergreen Greenies will play Brewton here Sunday in a Tri-County Baseball League game. This is a change in schedule. Evergreen originally would have played in Brewton Sunday and a home game here next Thursday. To avoid conflict with the professional Millers, the games were changed. Evergreen will play Brewton in Brewton next Wednesday night.
The Greenies play Booneville at McCullough today. Their game here Sunday was rained out.
The game here Sunday will be a crucial one. Brewton is the only team in the loop that has defeated Evergreen this season. Game time is three o’clock, place, Brooks Stadium Sunday afternoon.
83 YEARS AGO
JUNE 29, 1933
Evergreen Increases Lead In Pennant Race: With Doc Jones registering his second shutout in a row, the Evergreen baseball club took Greenville into camp on the Butler countians’ home lot Sunday afternoon, 2-0, to give them a four-game lead over the second-place Crenshaw County team from Luverne. The locals had defeated Ft. Deposit Thursday in both ends of a double bill, the second game of which Jones pitched for his initial scoreless effort.
Evergreen’s fighting Irishmen went out for blood in the Thursday doubleheader, which was transferred here from Ft. Deposit so that a protested game could be replayed, and they got it in copious measures. The first game was won easily behind the five-hit hurling of Skin Hyde, by a score of 16-2, while the second affray was a close and tightly played affair, resulting in a score of 4-0, Doc Jones hurling.
The Greenville affair Sunday was nip and tuck with Jones getting the call when Manager Murphy decided the long boy was ready to go after his great work Tuesday. Drawing Hester, one of the best in the league, as his opponent, Jones knew he had to work hard if he won the ball game, and he promptly went to work.
(Other players on Evergreen’s team that season included Skeeter Amos, Archie Barfield, Gaston, Joe Hagood, Hanna, Tom Kendall, Tom Melton and Moorer.)
98 YEARS AGO
JUNE 26, 1918
D.L. Long left here (Castleberry) the first of the week on a fishing trip on the Yellow River in Florida.
113 YEARS AGO
JUNE 24, 1903
The game of ball between Brewton and Evergreen played here on Friday was one of considerable local interest, though there was ragged playing on each side, neither of the teams having had very much practice. For the first six innings, it looked as if the game would result in a victory for Evergreen, but some bad playing on the infield by Evergreen lost the game to Brewton. The game ended in a score of nine to six in Brewton’s favor. The second game will be played in Brewton on Friday next.
Robert Powell and wife of Montgomery, after spending several days fishing here (Garland), have returned home.