By L. M. Sutter
They emerged from the mines, shook off the coal airborne dirt and dust, and stepped onto the diamond. From the early 1900s to the Fifties, baseball video games among mine employees have been a small-town phenomenon, every one crew attracting avid and extremely unswerving enthusiasts. proficient part-time athletes competed on the novice, semi-pro degrees. both aggressive have been the coal corporation officers, who frequently introduced in ringers, or gamers of remarkable skill, giving them more straightforward jobs above flooring or a padded pay packet. in accordance with interviews with surviving avid gamers, households of deceased gamers, and modern resources, this thoroughgoing heritage covers not just groups and leagues yet their functionality in the mining groups of Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia. The e-book contains a particular part on African-American mining groups, a coalfield map and plenty of pictures.
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What that general public didn’t understand was that, as dangerous as mining had always been, it had become much more so during this period of increased output at increased speed with increased hunger. “Each week, 500 more were hurt. S. armed forces in World War II had tallied 27,172 killed and wounded. ”2 While threatening a government takeover of the mines, President Roosevelt also promised an investigation into the claim of price gouging. The ﬁrst Ofﬁce of Price Administration investigation showed numerous violations but prices not substantially higher than other locations around the country.
Charles and Pennington Gap, Virginia, were boomtowns with a passion for baseball that bordered on madness, holding the residents of both towns in a vice grip for decades. The teams of each town would alternately battle each other, and then band together to battle others teams in sporting wars that kept both populations captivated. Through the years, the various teams of Lee County could claim some of the most interesting baseball players ever to hotdog on green grass. A traveling circus stopped once in Pennington, only to lose one of its clowns to the local baseball aggregation as a shortstop.
His wounded pride and hatred of the Appalachian League would gnaw at him for years to come. ”34 By the opening of baseball season 1941, a wobbly Lonesome Pine League was going with the fully-restored support of Virgil Q. Wacks. He seemed to have partially recovered from the Appalachian League debacle and once again was broadcasting games and advancing brainstorms like his Queen of the Lonesome Pine beauty contest. But the coalﬁeld teams were already losing men to the military at a trickle, an augury of the loss that was soon to come.