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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

1   BASEBALL


September 21,1928--Blowing into Clarksville today, Ed Goostree, president of the Fort Smith, Arkansas baseball team, has arrived for the fall and winter.
Benjamin “Buck” Weaver, Palmyra youth, who enjoyed a great hurling year on Ed’s team was sold to Fort Worth, Texas team this summer and next year will be a regular in the Fort Worth lineup. Mr. Goostree thinks highly of Weaver and believes he has a great pitching career just ahead of him. He was sold to the Fort Worth team on August 27.

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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

2   SOUTHSIDE


January 23,1926--The first basketball game between the two literary societies of Southside High School was played Friday afternoon after the program by the Workman Society.
The Workman's played a good game but they could not handle the Cats of the Atkins Society. At the end of the first half the score was 5 to 4 in favor of the Atkins team. The game ended 11 to 6 in favor of the Atkins Society.
The line-up:
For Atkins: R. Hagewood (forward), I. Davis (9pts., forward), D. Wyatt (2pts., center), B. Plummer (guard), F. Plummer (guard)
For Workman: Dailey Dunn (forward), B. Batson (2pts., forward), W. Wyatt (2pts., center), B. Batson (guard), J. Lynch (2pts., guard)

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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

3   SOUTHSIDE


March 16,1936--Determined to defeat all teams that came at them, the Southside boys team won their first TSSAA Regional High School Tournament which was held last week in Murfreesboro. Winning the last three games by one point margins, the local county school took every advantage and copped the meet.
Columbia Military Academy was downed by the Southside Five, 32 to 31 for the title. Southside led the entire game.
Southside was a dark horse all the way through the tournament. They beat the Hohenwald team in the first round by a score of 37 to 22.
For the second game, they played East High of Nashville (champions for the last six years). East was a seceded team and had been chosen to win the tournament. With one minute to play in the game. East led by a 30 to 27 count. William Russell Waller, Southside forward, then got busy and tossed in a long shot from the side to bring the count to 30 to 29. Again with only 10 seconds left to play, Waller heaved one from the center of the floor through the basket for the winning point.
For the third game, Southside met a giant team from Linden. As to height, the Southside team would not have had a chance, but the fellows on the Southside squad are just big boys who have played basketball all their lives. It was a very exciting game, tied up three times, our boys came out on top; when the final whistle blew, the score was 36 to 35 in our favor. This caused them to play in the finals on the next night.
Waller was the star in all the games. If a team started creeping up in them, he would hastily start the ball rolling by shooting the balls right through the old basket.
A trophy was presented William Gannaway, captain of the team.
So little was known of Southside that the reporters in Murfreesboro placed the school in Robertson County. Of the 22 boys in Southside high School, only 16 were eligible for the team. The team players were: William Russell Waller, forward; Lonnie Hunter, forward; William Henry Aderhold, center; Harvill Hagewod, guard; Edward Batson, guard; Charles Hinton; J.B. McCloud; William Gannaway; Dan Paterson; and George Ferrell Jr. The coach was Mr. T.G. Hinton.
Calling from Southside, the operator said that the team had left for Murfreesboro with the expression that they were going to bring back home the bacon.

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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

4   SOUTHSIDE LEADERS BASEBALL TEAM


June 6,1930--
O.M. Trotter, Manager
Baxter Batson, Umpire
Joe Thompson, Outfield
Bill Corlew, 2nd Base
“Goat” Harvey, Outfield
William Wyatt, 1st base
Bob Wyatt, Catcher
Leon McCloud, Pitcher
Grady O’Kain, Outfield
Jim Heath, Pitcher
Bud Batson, 3rd Base
Avery Thompson, Shortstop
Lewis Purcell, Pitcher
Bob Harris, Catcher
Jim Hicks, 2nd Base
John Trotter, Outfield
Burney Weakley, Right field
Harvey Ransdell, Leftfield

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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

5   SOUTHSIDE


September 19,1931--Two Southside youths, Lewis Pursell, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.E. Pursell and Leon McCloud, son of Mrs. Ada McCloud, have been signed to play baseball with the Nashville Volunteers of the Southern League. Both youths will report to the Vols next March.
Pursell is a pitcher and a good one at that. He swings a hefty bat and this season enjoyed a good year with Charlotte. McCloud is a catcher and totes a throwing arm, which is as deadly as a rifle.

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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

6   SOUTHSIDE


January 20,1933--The Southside Independent Basketball Team swamped the powerful all-stars of Charlotte Thursday night by a score of 26 to 14. Despite the fact the Charlotte lineup had such men as “Cowboy” Jones, Hugg, Corlew, Wilson, and others, the Southsiders by keeping their eyes on the basket and hand on the ball set the visitors down in defeat. The game was exceedingly fast.
Appearing on the Southside lineup were Hudgins, A. Thompson, J. Thompson, Pursell, Batson, and Wyatt. The game was close at the first half, but Southside pulled steadily ahead in the final period.

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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

7   PALMYRA


July 12,1923--Probably the first game on record to be called in the 8th inning on account of lost balls. This happened Wednesday afternoon when the American Legion fellows alleged the Palmyra boys had fouled too many of the pellets and four of them had disappeared never to be found, at least that afternoon. The score was 11-8 in favor of the Legion and there is no telling what the total might have been had not the visitors enacted on fouling them out of the lot. The attendance was small, although the game was well worth seeing. Anybody would have gotten his money’s worth up to the time the struggle was called for lack of material. Players for Palmyra were:
Bartee, Shortstop
Weaver, Centerfield & Pitcher
Baskin, Second base
Gillihan, Third base
F. Jackson, Pitcher & Centerfield
Thomas, Leftfield
T. Jackson, Catcher
Brandon, Rightfield
Lisenby played third base and pitched for the Legion team.

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From: The Corn Sheller

8   HOWARD JOHNSON


Howard "Smiley" Johnson grew up at the Odd Fellows Home in New Providence, Tennessee.
He graduated from Clarksville High School in 1936 where he was outstanding in football, basketball, baseball and boxing. After high school he attended the University of Georgia starring on the football team in 1937-39. After graduating, he signed with the Green Bay Packers with whom he had a brilliant career 1940-41. Howard entered the Marine Corps early in 1942 and rose to Captain. He was killed on Iwo Jima in February 1945.

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From: Clarksville Tobacco Leaf

9   BASEBALL


November 1,1877--A game of baseball was played at Vernon Furnace last Saturday between the Vernon Club and the Plow-Boys of the Bend, one of a series for the championship of the south side. The game resulted in favor of the Plow-Boys by a score of 34 to 20. The ball used was one of the so-called dead balls--triple covered--one cover dead and two lively.
Heavy batting characterized the game, good service being rendered in that line by: J. Daily, W.S. Daily and Martin of the Plow-Boys and Washington, Davis, Jones, Keesee and Powell of the Vernon's. The latter club was crippled by an accident which happened to their efficient catcher, Mr. Davis, in the 1st inning and was compelled to play a substitute who was not equal to the swift pitching of R. Baggett.
Good fielding was done by several players on each nine, but in general the game was not up to the usual strong fielding of these clubs. The next game will be played on Saturday the 3rd Nov. on the Morrison grounds, near Seven-Mile Ferry, and promises to be a close one.

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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

10   SOUTHSIDE


December 16,1929--The Southside High School basketball team lost a close hardwood struggle Friday at Southside to Coopertown by the score of 33-24. The first half ended 13-12 in favor of Coopertown but in the last half, the visitors forged ahead to take the game by a margin of 9 points. The court was slippery and the players skidded and sledded.
The Southside lineup with scoring:
J. Thompson - 2
Bumpus - 6
Dunn - 13
A. Thompson - 2
Pursell - 1

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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

11   SOUTHSIDE


December 7,1927--The first taste of basketball here will be given Friday night at 7:15 when Southside boys play Coopertown High. The Southsiders are being coached by T.G. Hinton, Smith-Hughes teacher at Southside, who has whipped together a fast team of youngsters. The team represents the only rural four year high school in the county and has played four games this season. Woods Valley has been defeated twice and Big Rock has gone down once in defeat of the Southside team. However, this lineup copped a visiting from Southside recently.
A number of dangerous players are in the Southside lineup and there is no reason that a close game should not result. Quite a number of fans from the 16th District is expected.

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From: Historical Sketches of Port Royal

12   PORT ROYAL


Port Royal had a baseball team in 1879 called the Eagle Club.
Members of the team at that time were:
A. Pickering
Green
D. Atkins
Luther Rosson
Emmett Morrow
Alva Elliott
L.C. Atkins
Ed Morrow
Gardner
In 1899, members were:
W.S. Pickering, catcher
George Whitehead
Wade Holt
Irvin Stroud
Mercer Nolen
Virgil Nolen
Jim Watts
Luther Rosson
Alva Elliott, pitcher
Wallace Puckett, pitcher

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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

13   SINGING FOOTBALL GUARD


November 11,1930---Another local boy makes his appearance in this column, Mr. Lemore Baggett, South Second Street resident, who is 17 years old and weighs 160 pounds. Lemore won his spurs in football on the Clarksville High School team as guard which position he played two years. His last year at the high school saw him as fullback. Entering the Normal this year, Baggett at once sewed up the position as guard and Coach Scott Alden declares he has seen the makings of one of the best he has seen in a boy of his tender years.
Baggett is said by his fellow students to be outstanding in vocal ability, but we have a hunch that as a warbler, he might make good as a professor. He aspires to be a journalist - poor boy, better take to the opera despite qualities, for there is more money in it.

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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

14   PALMYRA


June 1,1921---The Palmyra baseball team defeated Dover last Saturday in an interesting game at Dover, by a score of 15 to 6.
The pitching of Vickers for Palmyra and Lamb for Dover were features of the game. Errors behind Lamb were responsible for the one-sided score. Vickers was effective in the pinches and was greatly aided by spectacular catches.
One fly that looked sure for three bases, was caught by Slayden, who ran deep center to make the catch. The Dover boys showed badly from lack of practice as they had been playing only a few weeks. Batters for Palmyra were Schmittou, Vickers and Hayes; for Dover, Lamb and Hobing.

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From: Clarksville Leaf Chronicle

15   BASEBALL


November 16,1904---The Ashland City baseball team defeated the Southside High School team Saturday on the latter’s diamond. Score Ashland City 12, Southside 8. Batteries were Ashland City--Follis and Nicholson; Southside--Neblett and Workman.



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