Submitted by Ike Futch Spearsville LouisianaMay 26, 1952 Last March when the Spearsville High School baseball players began loosening up their arms, swinging bats and taking their laps, not a single player would have thought they would win the state championship, but with a few potential hitters, some good pitching and lots of hustle they … Continue reading 1952 Spearsville High Has Successful Baseball Year, Earns State Title
Written by Cathy Buckley 1940 July 1946 Ruston Daily Leader May 15, 1947 BIG SIX BECOMES BIG EIGHT 1948 1949 Bernice 1949 Champs of the Big Eight Front Row L/R: Paul Salley, Joe Leonard Green, Bobby Till, Luther Lois Farrar, Charles Salley. Second Row L/R: Calvin Tanner, Lamar Heard, C.R. Jarmon, Dewell Jeffcoat, Glen Post, … Continue reading Baseball – Part Four
Written by Cathy Buckley The following article appeared in the Ruston Daily Leader in the early 1930’s The next few lines talk about the end of Shiloh and the coming of the railroad to Bernice. Spalding balls were used for as long as can be remembered. Baseball bats were also of official make. Uniforms were … Continue reading Baseball – Part Two
Written by Cathy Buckley Take Me Out to the Ball Game Baseball seems to have always been a favorite sport among the small towns of Union Parish. In the mid 1880’s a traveling evangelist who often spoke at tent revivals in the parish made this remark about the game –“if I had a dog and … Continue reading Baseball – Part One
Written by W. Gene Barron Ike Futch Professional Baseball Player Ike Jerry Futch was born on January 31, 1941, the fifth of nine children, six boys and three girls, born to Joe Reed “Bouy” and Martha Marie Smith Futch. Most of his brothers were named after New York Yankee greats. All nine children were … Continue reading Ike Futch – Professional Baseball Player
Written by Thomas Van Hyning From the Society for American Baseball Research Soft-spoken Richard Atley Donald once threw 95-mile-per-hour fastballs for the 1939 New York Yankees, the first major league team to win four straight World Series. He won 12 straight games for them, to set an American League mark for rookies. Atley was a star … Continue reading Atley Donald – Yankee from Downsville
Ike Futch provided us with these great pictures from Bernice.
Bernice Historical Society Bernice Dots #10 By Cathy Buckley Baseball seems to have always been a favorite sport among the small towns of Union Parish. In the mid 1880’s a traveling evangelist who often spoke at tent revivals in our parish made this remark about the game –“if I had a dog and he were … Continue reading Bernice Dots #10
The Gazette October 18, 1899 A game of baseball was played at Farmerville last Saturday afternoon between the Ward's Chapel and D'Arbonne teams. It was a decidedly one-sided affair. Only six innings were played the score standing 48 to 4 in favor of the Ward Chapel nine.