Wilson Daily Times, 6 July 1946.
It is not clear whether the All Stars were a regular team or an ad hoc group of players pulled together for this game.
Wilson Daily Times, 23 January 1948.
The Wilson Dodgers made their debut in 1948, opening against the Rocky Mount Black Swans.
Wilson Daily Times, 17 March 1948.
Wilson Daily Times, 21 May 1949.
The description “newly formed” more than a year later suggests they did not play a full season in ’48.
The Wilson Braves had a much better May than April 1932. The nine played the Bull City Aces (of Durham), the Harlem (N.Y.) Black Sox, the Hamlet Airliners, the Camel City Aces (of Winston-Salem), and teams from Leaksville and Greenville and went 9-2.
Wilson Daily Times, 2 May 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 11 May 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 16 May 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 17 May 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 18 May 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 21 May 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 24 May 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 26 May 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 27 May 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 28 May 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 30 May 1932.
I was delighted to find that the Daily Times regularly covered the 1932 season of the city’s semi-pro African-American baseball team, the Wilson Braves.
I’ve been able to discover very little about the team. They played home games in the “Vance Street ballpark,” a forerunner to Fleming Stadium that stood in the vicinity of modern-day Wells Elementary School. The articles highlight players generally by first or last name only, but I am working to identify them further. They included second baseman George Leach, centerfielder Monk Johnson, pitchers Joe Haskins and Jarvis Bank, Joe Harris, catcher Leroy, Wynn, Holden, Taylor, Hargroves, Fisher, Tate, Locus, pitcher Henry, and “Dummy.”
Here are the April games, in which the Braves played the Capital City Blue Aces (of Raleigh), the Kinston Royal Giants, the Rocky Mount Aces, the Statesville All-Stars, and a team from Suffolk, Virginia, and went 2-3-1.
Wilson Daily Times, 7 April 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 14 April 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 18 April 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 21 April 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 22 April 1932.
Wilson Daily Times, 28 April 1932.
Statesville Landmark, 26 August 1946.
The Colored Owls played in the Western North Carolina Semi-Pro League.
On an early April day in 1934, William A. Williams set aside his farm work to play baseball with friends. On April 8, he died. The coroner noted that Williams had an “injury to head said to be accidental. Probably fractured skull. Said to have been injured playing few days before.” A slide head-first into home plate? A collision in the outfield?
Wilson Daily Times, 2 May 1911.
I have not identified the location of the baseball park in Grab Neck community.
[Since posting, I’ve learned that the location was likely off present-day Pearson Street, in the vicinity of Wells Elementary School. Thanks, John Hackney!]