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    OldYankFan-Thanks for the suggestion for the owner on this one!
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    March 1901-Charlotte Hornets

    General Joseph Wheeler stood in the middle of the field at Latta Park. He was standing there with owner of the ballpark a fifty year old man South Carolinian named Edward Dilworth Latta. A few weeks ago, the War of Northern Aggression and Spanish-American War hero was a member of Congress representing Alabama. Wheeler was looking for something to occupy his time besides cotton farming in Northern Alabama after being mustered out of the army. Mr. Latta lured the Southern war hero to North Carolina with the promise of a new venture for the former general, lawyer, farmer, and congressman.


    Edward Dilworth Latta had a plan when he bought 250 acres south of burgeoning Charlotte. The town named Dilworth became the first streetcar suburb of Charlotte. The heart of the small suburb was Latta Park which was designed by Joseph Forsyth Johnson. Latta envisioned his namesake park being the big draw for the streetcar line he helped finance. The amusement park featured a racetrack, bowling alley, and a lake with a boathouse. But the jewel of the park was the baseball grandstand that Mr. Latta envisioned as the Hornets home for many years.

    The two Southerners had agreed that the General would be the President of the ball club. The war hero should add credibility to the fledgling franchise. The city of Charlotte had been expanding rapidly in the years since the Civil War. A town of 13 hundred prior to the Civil War, the city now boasted over 20 thousand residents. The baseball club was yet another sign that Charlotte was going to be a major urban center in the South.

    The teamís President and the ballpark owner were waiting for the new manager to arrive. The man they had picked was a veteran baseball man. At the age of 28 he was made the captain of the Dallas Steers in 1895. That team had won an organized baseball record 25 straight contests. Ashenback was known around baseball for two things, a constantly jovial attitude and an excellent eye for baseball talent. Both attributes were prized by Edward Latta when he suggested him to the General. Ashenback had come to Lattaís attention managing the University of North Carolina baseball club.

    Ashenback had put together a pretty strong team for the inaugural season of Charlotte baseball. The jewel of the team was the centerfielder he had coached at UNC. He had convinced the young man to try playing baseball at least part time while finishing up work on his medical degree. Here is the lineup for the Hornets.

    Hornets Lineup
    1. Brian McKeon 28 year old (RF 66) R-McKeon is a below average player with excellent speed. He will struggle to hit consistently, but fields a good right field with a strong throwing arm. McKeon has more pop in the bat than most leadoff hitters in the Southern League, but is a below average hitter.

    2. Alan Ratzlaff 30 year old (3B 69) R-Ratzlaff, while not a great hitter, can handle the bat well. He doesnít do anything outstanding, but does everything okay to be a solid number two hitter.

    3. Brian McTear 25 year old (LF 81) L-McTear starts the dangerous middle of the order for the Hornets. McTear has that rare combination of power and speed. McTear is a solid fielding left fielder, but his bat is why he is in the Hornets lineup.

    4. Shane Drewery 30 year old (1B 85) R-Drewery is the best contact hitter on the team. The cleanup hitter also features solid power in the middle of the order. Drewery is the teamís best all around hitter.

    5. Archie Graham 21 year old (CF 81) L-Graham is the fastest runner in the Southern League. The medical student has amazing range in center, and will help the Hornets pitchers all year with his glove. Graham has a good batting eye, and will hit for some power as well.

    6. Donovan Scribner 27 year old (SS 66) R-Scribner is a standard solid fielding weak hitting shortstop. He has a bit better bat at short than most, but isnít as solid defensively as some either. Scribner is an average player, and there is nothing wrong with him in the lineup. But the fact that he is hitting sixth highlights the weakness of the Hornets lineup outside of the big three in the middle.

    7. Eddie Robton 25 year old (C 69) S-The young catcher is a great defensive catcher. He handles the pitching staff well, and has a great arm to control the running game. His bat is nothing special, but can provide an occasional hit. He can run a little as well.

    8. Carl Willows 28 year old (2B 69) S-Willows is a fast runner, but lacks the skills of a good hitter. Willows doesnít field particularly well either.

    Hornets Starting Staff
    1. Josh Jobson 25 year old (84) L-Jobson is a good pitcher that can anchor a staff. His fastball is his best pitch, and he can generate quite a bit of movement on it. He has a solid in shoot to compliment the fastball. He hits well for a pitcher, and only adds to his game.

    2. Jim Brown 23 year old (86) R-The young Jim Brown is a nice compliment to Jobson as the number 2 starter. He has good movement like Jobson and his best pitch is his fastball. Brown has a change and slow curve that are both effective enough to be thrown in any count. Brown has more velocity than Jobson but less control. Brown is also an excellent hitting pitcher.

    3. James Jones 28 year old (80) R-Jones is not nearly the pitcher that Jobson or Brown is, but he is an above average hurler. He has below average control, but above average movement. His in shoot is his best pitch, and is a touch better than Jobsonís. His fastball is not a strong pitch, however.

    4. Kevin Cardny 19 year old (78) R-Cardny is the youngest member of the Hornets. Ashenback might have found himself another gem, but at the moment it is hard to tell. The young thrower lacks velocity and control. His movement is in the same league as Jobson and Brown, but there are going to be some long innings for the young pitcher. Cardny throws a fastball and a fadeaway.

    Hornets Top Prospects
    1. Brian Welch 18 year old (3B 65) R-Welch has the potential to be an outstanding player with above average power. Right now he has a good batting eye and speed. His defense is adequate at third, but he needs to hit more consistently to take the next step.

    2. Archie Graham 21 year old (CF 81) L-The centerfielder is clearly one of the bright young stars of the Southern League. See lineup for more details about Graham.

    3. Jermeill Townsend 22 year old (SP 76) R-Townsend has mediocre velocity and below average control. Townsend has great stuff, and could be an outstanding pitcher. He has a fastball and in shoot, but both need polish before he takes a spot in the rotation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbanghar View Post
    5. Archie Graham 21 year old (CF 81) L-Graham is the fastest runner in the Southern League. The medical student has amazing range in center, and will help the Hornets pitchers all year with his glove. Graham has a good batting eye, and will hit for some power as well.
    THE Archie Graham? Well done sir! The wait is killing me, though. Lets move this along, shall we?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mbanghar View Post
    OldYankFan-Thanks for the suggestion for the owner on this one!
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    5. Archie Graham 21 year old (CF 81) L-Graham is the fastest runner in the Southern League. The medical student has amazing range in center, and will help the Hornets pitchers all year with his glove. Graham has a good batting eye, and will hit for some power as well..
    Your Welcome! And thanks for using it!


    Is this the Moonlight Graham? I hope so. Nice touch.

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    OldYankFan-This is the Moonlight Graham. Stumbled upon the fat that he played for the Charlotte Hornets in 1902, and thought it would be a nice touch. I used Graham's stats from the couple months he played in Charlotte to create him.
    PotatoOfCouch-I will try to pick up the pace here because I've had the file ready for a month and have yet to play a game. I might cut down on some of the previews to get this done quicker.
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    December 1900-Chattanooga Lookouts
    Mr. Nicklin was just elected the President of the Southern League. This was meet with much enthusiasm by everyone representing the Southern League ball clubs, except perhaps those represent Chattanooga. Nicklin was a commanding presence, which is one of the many reasons why he was chosen to led the revived Southern League. However, Nicklin originally went to the meeting leading the investors of the Chattanooga franchise. Now with his new duties as Southern League President, a new club president would have to be picked.

    Nicklin’s choice was approved with little contention amongst the investors. The man was one of the small investors, and a man who seemed to be the opposite of Nicklin in many ways. Mims Hightower was a short young man. The fiery young man had some money from his family which he had invested in the fledgling ball club. Hightower was merely 22 when Nicklin chose him to be his successor, but the other investors had to get behind Nicklin’s choice because Nicklin for a long time had been the only thing holding together the group of very different investors.


    The manager for the ball club had been chosen by Nicklin ahead of time in Lew Whistler. Whistler was known around in baseball circles as a sober, reliable man. At least that was til 1899. The former major league first baseman, who had been in the game for a decade, was forced to leave Schenectady of the New York State League for stealing a month's worth of receipts from the team. The team president had Whistler arrested, and later the charges were dropped. But the damage to Whistler's reputation was done. Nicklin had bought his contract from the New York State League at the end of 1900, and the offer of managing in Chattanoogawas enough to lure Whistler to Stanton Field. Whistler had been a transient, fugacious figure in the baseball world. His stay in the major leagues was a brief three years, but the now 33 year old manager played for four different teams in that span of time. His only listing in the record book is the rather dubious distinction of making four erros in a single game with the Baltimore Orioles on a muddy day in 1891. It was on that team that he first met John McGraw, and it was that style of play that Mr. Nicklin had hoped Whistler would bring to the Lookouts.

    Last edited by mbanghar; 05-04-2009 at 07:02 PM.

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    Lookouts Lineup
    1. Eric Schillan 32 year old (SS 79) R-A speedy middle infielder that hits leadoff for the Lookouts. The 32 year old has some power in his bat, especially for a middle infielder. He will struggle making contact from time to time, and he is only average fielding his position.

    2. Mark Tufo 26 year old (C 79) S-Tufo is a solid hitting catcher who is also solid behind the plate. He does not have a lot of power, but is a quick runner.

    3. Kevin Atkinson 21 year old (LF 80) L-Atkinson is a promising young player. He has a good batting eye and power. He has an amazing arm, and is one of the fastest runners in the Southern League.

    4. John Rioux 32 year old (1B 81) R-Rioux is the best contact hitter on the team. He lacks the power and speed of Atkinson, but he is a good middle of the order of the hitter.

    5. Tim Turner 27 year old (RF 72) R-Turner does not do anything outstanding with the bat, but is a capable player. He has a good batting eye, and a good arm.

    6. Peter Paddock 25 year old (3B 66) S-Paddock is a fast runner, but won't get on base enough to make use of it. Paddock is a very weak hitter as well. His fielding at third is average at best.

    7. Gil Wiggins 28 year old (CF 73) R-Wiggins has a better eye than Paddock, but otherwise is a very similar player. He has an amazing arm in center. The outfield defense will help save at least a few runs this season.

    8. Mike Schaeffer 26 year old (2B 72) S-Schaeffer has a good batting eye, and above average speed. He has no power and will struggle to make contact. His range and fielding is below average at second base.

    Lookouts Starting Staff
    1. Brett Barford 28 year old (81) R-He has real good fastball with great movement. Barford can't throw hard and lacks control to be a real top of the line starter though.

    2. Aaron Wilson 28 year old (79) R-Wilson is a lot like Barford in that he has great movement and poor control and velocity. Wilson is a two pitch hurler like Barford, but his best pitch is his spitball.

    3. Torben Thomas 23 year old (84) R-Thomas is probably the most talented pitcher on the staff. He is a three pitch pitcher with a fastball and out shoot being about the same in effectiveness.

    4. Colin Lee 24 year old (80) L-Lee has the best control on the staff, and he doesn't have to sacrifice movement for that control. He has a good fastball that he relies on, but he lacks the stamina to go deep in games like a proper starter should.

    Lookouts Top Prospects
    1. Keith Devilbiss 18 year old (2B 65) R-Devilbiss has the ability to be an outstanding player with an above average batting eye. He is a ways away from being a regular on the Lookouts, however.

    2. Chuck Burkett 19 year old (C 68) S-Burkett has an arm that can absolute shut down a running game already. He should develop into a player with excellent speed and good plate discipline.

    3. James Barclay 17 year old (SS 64) S-He has the physical tools to be an outstanding player, but has time to develop with a solid shortstop ahead of him on the Lookouts roster.

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    March 1901-Memphis Egyptians
    Charley Frank had been involved with Memphis baseball for a few years by the time 1901 rolled around. Frank had been a major leaguer for a couple of season. He played for the St. Louis Browns in the early 90s, but long had since been banished to the Southern League. The 31 year old Alabamian had come to Memphis to manage the Eqyptians.

    The Egyptians had a new home that was built shortly after the arrival of Mr. Frank. Red Elm Park was the most unique ball park in the Southern League. The fence in left field was actually deeper than in center field. The newer ball park was a fine wooden ballpark for one of the largest cities in the South.

    Charley Frank and Abner Powell had been the leaders of the clubs representing the biggest cities in the Southern League. When the original Southern League folded in 1899, Powell and Frank were looking for a place for their clubs to play. The two had talked with investors representing former American Association clubs were talking about reforming. This ended quickly when Ban Johnson moved several Western League ball clubs to those cities and renamed the league the American League. Powell and Frank though were stuck with having to find a circuit for their ball clubs. That is why just a few months earlier they called for the meeting in Memphis to reform the Southern League. Now that it had happened, Frank could once again be focused on running his ball club.

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    Egyptians Lineup
    1. Brian Tepper 24 year old (LF 79) R-Tepper has a great batting eye, and has good speed. He has a strong arm in left.

    2. Ron Gibson 32 year old (CF 78) R-The veteran has a very similar skill set to Tepper. He is just a touch slower with not quite the batting eye. His ability to hit for average is less than Tepper as well, but he has an even stronger arm in center.

    3. Jamie Gilligan 31 year old (SS 83) S-Gilligan is perhaps the best shortstop in the Southern League. He plays a good shortstop, and is a good hitter. He has above average power with good speed.

    4. Tim Harbour 26 year old (2B 84) R-Harbour is a solid fielder up the middle. He has good power for a middle infielder, and has great speed. He hits for a solid average, and is likely to have the highest average on the team.

    5. Martin Crayton 31 year old (RF 77) S-Crayton has good power, and the most on the team. He has a solid arm in right field, but not nearly the arm that Tepper or Gilligan has.

    6. Justin Menko 26 year old (1B 70) L-Menko has a good batting eye, and decent power. He will struggle to make contact, and is not fleet of foot.

    7. Cletus DelRosso 32 year old (3B 75) S-DelRosso is a solid hitter with some speed and a good batting eye. He lacks any real power.

    8. Mark Williams 34 year old (C 75) S-The veteran backstop is a decent handler of pitchers, and has an okay arm behind the plate. He has a good batting eye, but is all around decent at everything else when hitting.

    Egyptians Starting Staff
    1. Brian Woodford 26 year old (84) R-The Egyptians ace is a solid two pitch pitcher. His fastball is his best pitch which has good velocity and great movement. He lacks control at times, but will be the leader of the staff.

    2. Brian Brinkler 20 year old (83) R-One of the kids of the staff has a lot of potential. Has a better fastball than Woodford and is a very similar pitcher. Gives the Egyptians a potent top of the rotation to ride.

    3. Rob Ventriss 23 year old (81) R-Another talented young hurler on the Eqyptian staff. He uses a solid fastball and a spitball that needs some work. His velocity and command can be issue at this point, but his movement can get him out of trouble.

    4. Leon Clyne 18 year old (80) R-The Egyptians really have one of the youngest and most talented pitching staffs in the Southern League. The 18 year old might turn out to be the best of the bunch when it is all said and done. He has two pitches in a fastball and change which are both plus pitches. Clyne throws the hardest of the staff, but doesn't have to sacrifice movement for that velocity.

    Egyptians Top Prospects
    1. Dave Brooks 18 year old (1B 67) L-Brooks has the potential to be an outstanding player. He has outstanding power potential. His batting eye is decent at this point, but he still struggles making consitent contact.

    2. Tony Mennie 24 year old (SP 75) R-Mennie is a real hard throwing righty. His control is shaky, which is going to make it even more difficult for him to break into the loaded Egyptian staff. He might have a future in the bullpen if he doesn't develop enough to take over a top four spot.

    3. Matthew Scheid 17 year old (RF 69) S-Scheid is on track to be an excellent player with an excellent batting eye. He has decent speed and power already, but he has a long way to go before being ready to man a corner outfield spot.

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    I heard that everybody on the Memphis team had great batting eyes, they drew more base-on-balls than anyone else. Thus the phrase was born "Walk like an Egyptian".

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    OldYankFan-Well played sir.
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    March 1901-Montgomery Black Sox

    Montgomery had been without professional baseball since 1898. The then Senators folded with the rest of the Southern League with the outbreak of the Spanish American War. The team was not very good, but crowds had shown up with enthusiasm for the game. William Wallace Screws was determined to bring baseball back to the capital of Alabama.

    Major Screws was a formidable presence even in his early sixties. He was known as major, for the post that he had held during the War of Northern Aggression. After the war, Screws became the chief editor of the Montgomery Advertiser, and his conservative pen had been one of the loudest voices in the state capital. Screws turned his focus to baseball at the turn of the century. With overtures being made at the formation of a new Southern League, W.W. Screws immediately began searching for the capital necessary to bring a ball club to Montgomery. The answer came from the somewhat unlikely source of New York City.

    Lehman Brothers had moved their offices from Montgomery to New York City before the war, but Emmanuel Lehmanís, the managing partner of the cotton trading firm, heart had remained in the companyís first home. Emmanuel had gone back to Europe to try to convince European powers to buy Confederate war bonds, and his company had helped finance the reconstruction of Alabama. Still the Major was surprised at the amount of money that the Lehman Brothers invested in the new franchise. The amount was enough for Screws to build a new ball park at Clisby Park. A baseball diamond had been located at the park for over a decade, but with the additional capital a new grandstand was built around the diamond.

    The only thing the Major lacked was a field manager for his ball club. The answer to the final spot on the team came in player manager Lorenzo Edward Gremminger. The 27 year old former National Leaguer was a third sacker by trade. He had played for the Cleveland Spiders for 20 games back in í95, but has bounced around in minor leagues for a few years. The man affectionately called battleship for his solid build was a nice addition to the Black Sox, and gave the team a legitimate professional baseball player to lead the Majorís club.

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    Black Sox Lineup-
    1. Peter Foreman 25 year old (LF 79) S-The 25 year old leadoff hitter has the skills necessary to hit first. He has a great batting eye and good speed. He won't hit for much power, but is a plus defender with a great arm.

    2. Sean Rosenkranz 29 year old (SS 72) S-Rosenkranz has a good batting eye and good speed. He will be a solid two hitter at times, but at others his ability or rather lack of ability to make contact will hurt the Black Sox offense. He has an average defender at short.

    3. Charlie Marnane 23 year old (CF 77) R-Marnane is a solid all around hitter. His batting eye and speed are his best qualities, but at the age of 23 Marnane is already a good hitter. Marnane is also a plus defender with a great arm.

    4. Gregg Duff 31 year old (RF 86) L-Duff is one of the stars of the Southern League. He does it all. He hits for power and average. He has one of the best batting eyes in the game, and will steal his fair share of bases. The only flaw in his games is his defense which charitably is average.

    5. Ted Fitzgerald 25 year old (1B 71) S-Fitzgerald is a power hitter, and will drive in many runs with his bat. At 25 he might develop some other useful skills, but the rest of his game is best described as a work in progress.

    6. Josh Kirshenbaum 29 year old (C 78) L-A solid backstop who is very strong defensively. His offense is consistent, but nothing spectuclar.

    7. Ed Gremminger 27 year old (3B 71) R-Battleship helps round out the Black Sox Lineup. Gremminger might help the Sox win a few games, but Ed would be best served looking for s long term solution at third.

    8. Zach Thomas 31 year old (2B 67) R-Thomas is a bad baseball player, but no one else on the Sox is capable of playing second at the moment. The veteran Thomas provides some nice leadership for the young captain Gremminger, but his ability on the diamond is certainly lacking.

    Black Sox Starting Staff
    1. Jason Feuerstein 32 year old (84) R-Feuerstein relies on a changeup to get outs. His velocity is good, but his movement is better.

    2. Chris Pickard 28 year old (84) R-Pickard relies on location and great movement. His arsenal of pitches include a fastball, in shoot, and spitball. Pickard might have the best spitball in the Southern League.

    3. Ryan Trueman 29 year old (84) L-The southpaw features a good fastball and changeup. He doesn't have much command or velocity, but his stuff moves the most of any of the starters.

    4. Karl McWaters 23 year old (77) L-The young lefty won't be relied on too heavily with the veterans in front of him. His three pitches include a fastball, spitball and fadeaway.

    Black Sox Top Prospects
    1. Curt Hellyer 20 year old (2B 69) S-Hellyer is the 2B of the future for the Black Sox. Kurt has a lot fo speed, and a good batting eye already. He might be the leadoff hitter of the future for the Black Sox.

    2. Todd Presnell 20 year old (CF 71) R-Presnell has some power already, and has a little speed. He has a great arm in center already.

    3. Adam Damon 20 year old (LF 67) S-Damon has a ton of power already with a good batting eye. This trio of talented young hitters could make a push in a couple of seasons to become regulars in the Black Sox starting 8.

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    March 1901-Nashville Volunteers
    Newton Fisher loved baseball. So did everyone else in the Southern League, but Ike, as he preferred to be called, had a special tie. Nashville was his birth home. Ike was offered the job managing the Nashville Vols, after his short 9 game career in the National League was over. Fisher was a short 171 pound mustached man of 30, but returning home as player manager for the Volunteers was a dream come true for Newt.

    W.H. Stallings had revived the Nashville franchise he had purchased in 1895. Stallings had been awarded the franchise prior to 1895, and the team performed very well. But poor attendance forced the team to close down after just one season. Stallings thought he would give baseball another shot in Nashville. After all the game had been played since Union soldiers taught the locals how to play. Stallings plan was to appeal to a greater audience. Stallings brought back a local lad to manage and play for the club, and Fisher fit the bill perfectly. The team was renamed the Volunteers, after the state nickname the Volunteer State.

    The home of the Nashville Volunteers was Sulphur Dell. The area was named for the natural sulphur spring. Residents would fill their empty containers with the odorous liquid to use for medicinal purposes, or just take a drink right from the spring. The ballpark had several interesting features. The fence in right field was a mere 262 feet. Center was a respectable 421 and left was 334 down the line. Making matters worse for the defense was the embankment which began all around the outfield. On the right field side it started at 224 feet at a 45 degree angle from home plate. There was a mere 10 foot shelf of level ground for the right fielder to stand on if he played against the outfield wall.


    Ike had spent many days in his youth playing games at Sulphur Dell. The manager wasnít much of a catcher, but he still took up a roster spot. He is the backup catcher, but his main purpose is to lead the ball club.

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    Volunteers Lineup
    1. Dana Brousseau 22 year old (RF 79) R-Brousseau is a very talented right fielder. He is one of the fastest runners in the league with a terrific arm. Dana also has excellent power.

    2. Tim Forrest 25 year old (C 81) R-Forrest will be the main catcher if Fisher's ego is kept in check. Forrest has a strong arm and a good feel for handling pitchers. He handles the bat well, and fits well behind the dynamic Brousseau.

    3. Tim Rowley 29 year old (1B 83) R-Rowley is a great all around hitter. He lacks the power and speed of Brousseau, but his ability to make contact is first rate.

    4. Jack Hoffman 28 year old (LF 83) R-Hoffman is a fast and selective hitter. He has the most power on the team, and will drive in many runs and hit many home runs at the ballpark that pitchers have started to refer to as Suffer Hell.

    5. Michael Anderson 23 year old (3B 76) R-Anderson is an all around hitter. He doesn't have a real standout skill apart from being fast like most of the Vols lineup. He also plays a solid third.

    6. Roy Turner 36 year old (SS 67) S-Turner is a subpar short stop. He will struggle with the bat and has no power. He is a fast runner, and will put pressure on opposing defenses. Despite his speed he lacks the range to play a good short though.

    7. Dusty Hinkley 33 year old (2B 69) S-The double pair combo is similar in the lack of contact hitting. He is faster and more selective than Turner, but he has even less power than Turner. Also like Roy, Dusty's speed doesn't translate into range at second.

    8. Ian Garris 19 year old (CF 73) R-The youngster can really run and throw like few in the league. He has the range to play center. He will struggle with the bat, but he could develop into an outstanding player.

    Volunteers Starting Staff
    1. Alex Henderson 29 year old (83) R-Henderson has good control and great movement. His slow curve is an outstanding pitch, but he has a fastball and fadeaway to keep hitters off balance.

    2. Tanner McCarthy 19 year old (82) R-McCarthy has a good fastball and curve. He lacks control at his young age, but he has the stuff to baffle hitters at times.

    3. Seth Parker 20 year old (82) R-Parker has amazing talent throwing the ball. He throws hard with good movement, but unlike most he can control his pitches. His fastball is one of the best in the Southern League, and a decent curve. His one weakness is a lack of endurance.

    4. Chris Haffner 22 year old (77) L-Haffner relies on a fastball and change. He has great movement but his command can leave him at time. He also lacks the endurance to consistently go deep into games.

    Volunteers Top Prospects
    1. Patrick Fiske 17 year old (3B 65) R-Fiske has the potential to be a player with outstanding power. He already has a strong batting eye. His defense needs polish at this point.

    2. Josh Johnston 19 year old (RF 68) S-Johnston is an interesting prospect. He has the potential to be a rare combination of speed and power. He has a good batting eye already. His defense is okay at this point.

    3. Tom Palmucci 18 year old (C 66) R-Palmucci offensive is really quite terrible at this moment. He lacks any real ability with the bat, but he is an amazing defensive catcher at a young age. He has great defensive ability with a a deep knowledge of the game. If Palmucci doesn't mature into a Southern League catcher, he might be a manager.

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    March 1901-Richmond Bluebirds
    Jake Wells had spent the last thirteen years around baseball. He had enough talent to make it to the National League, playing for the Wolverines of Detroit and the Browns of St. Louis in his mid twenties. His career behind the plate in the National League only lasted 46 games in the two seasons he played. The Memphis native had spent the past six years managing in the Southern League, Virginia League and Atlantic League.

    Jake Wells owned the club that he had managed for five years. The Bluebirds had been one of the dominant teams in the Atlantic League. The team had moved into a new ballpark the past year, Broad Street Park. The park was well suited to the usual strength of the bluebirds, pitching, with a deep center field. Left was inviting at less than 295, and the small foul ground behind the plate gave some advantages to the hitters. The outfield, like a lot of southern ball parks, was slightly sloped upward toward the fence.


    Wells had bought the team and the ball park from Mr. Donati ater the Atlantic League failed in 1899. A reformed Bluebird team, minus star players like Kid Elberfield, Socks Seybold, Jack Chesbro, Jesse Tannehill, and Sam Leever, played in the Virginia League the following season, but Jake Wells retired from managing and the League midway through the year to concentrate on his theater and amusement park business that was booming in the South. Wells’ Bluebirds were doing well despite the loss of star power, but the Virginia League also folded shortly after Wells left. The formation of a powerful circuit of strong Southern cities intrigued Wells, who was willing to give baseball one more shot in Richmond.

    Wells had financing available to him that the Bluebirds former owners never had, and he decided upon being accepted into the Southern League to make a calculated gamble. Wells went after his former star players now playing on National League teams. The National Agreement was no longer in effect according to the National League due to the upstart American League raiding players. So Wells offered big time one year deals to his former stars and was able to recruit back Elberfield, Seybold, Chesbro, Tannehill, Leever, and Zeke Wrigley. The rest of team was filled out with local kids who may or may not cut it in the Southern League.

    Wells last need was a field manager that would take care of the day to day operations of the club. Jake loved managing, but his business was too successful to ignore. Wells called upon local baseball legend Pop Tate to manage the club. Tate was lured out of semi-retirement with the offer to play catcher and manage the new Richmond Bluebirds. Tate graciously accepted the offer, and the powerful Bluebirds looked to capture yet another pennant. After all, the team had yet to record a losing season with Jake Wells involved.

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    Bluebirds Lineup
    1. Kid Elberfield 25 yearold (3B 90) R-The Tabasco Kid is quite the sparkplug for the Bluebirds. His hard nose style should rub off on the other Bluebirds. He is a versatile player, capable of playing anywhere on the infield.

    2. Paul McCrory 31 year old (CF 81) S-McCrory is a new face to the Bluebirds, but his defense in center should make him a favorite of the Bluebird rooters quickly. He has good speed to play center and bat second.

    3. Socks Seybold 30 year old (LF 90) R-Seybold returns to the Bluebirds as the main power threat. Socks is an all round threat with the bat, and he can run well for a big man.

    4. Kevin Young 36 year old (RF 81) S-Young adds a solid bat behind Seybold. The veteran right fielder doesn't have any real power, but hits for a high average. He has a solid arm in right, but there are definitely stronger in the Southern League.

    5. John Snell 26 year old (1B 77) R-Snell might be quite a find by Wells. He has real solid power and is a good base runner. He will struggle to make contact at times, but his power will make up for the lower average.

    6. Zeke Wrigley 27 year old (2B 71) R-Wrigley was brought back to the ball club, but he is not a great hitter. He is a smart ballplayer, and has been around winning teams. He might be a positive influence on the Bluebirds, but don't expect much on the diamond.

    7. Kevin Murray 17 year old (SS 63) S-Murray might develop into a solid shortstop, but right now he isn't much of a hitter. He has decent speed, but nothing outstanding for a middle infielder. He isn't much of a fielder either.

    8. Gabe Burgoyne 25 year old (C 71) R-Burgoyne is an excellent defensive catcher. His job is to handle the pitchers, and he is good at that. Hitting is another matter, but that is not why Burgoyne is on the Bluebirds.

    Bluebirds Starting Staff
    1. Jack Chesbro 27 year old (97) R-Chesbro was the prize catch of Wells offseason reaquisition. The hard throwing spitballer is the best pitcher in the Southern League by far.

    2. Sam Leever 29 year old (95) R-The Goshen Schoolmaster is a top flight pitcher as well. He was signed to a one year deal, and since coming back is not happy that he is the second pitcher to Chesbro. Leever has a great curveball, and throws hard as well.

    3. Jesse Tannehill 26 year old (92) L-The southpaw is the third ace of the Bluebirds. He has the best control of the trio, and throws just as hard. He has a good hard curve to go along with his great fastball.

    4. Richie White 29 year old (76) R-The Bluebirds pitching staff is very top heavy. He is yet another hard thrower, but he lacks the control and movement of the big three. He doesn't finish as many games as them either which will be probably with the Bluebirds weak bullpen.

    Bluebirds Top Prospects
    1. Jernard Conrad 18 year old (RF 68) L-Conrad has good speed and excellent paitence at the plate. He could develop into another star for the Bluebirds, but he has a ways to go before he is ready to play everyday.

    2. Warren Carlson 16 year old (SS 61) R-Carlson is a better defensive shortstop Murray. He has the potential to be an outstanding player with above average power.

    3. Keith Wade 18 year old (3B 62) S-Keith has the potential to be an outstanding player with above average power. He should develop into a major leaguer, but it will be a while before he is ready to play everyday.

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    Two League Circuit Begins Play Tomorrow

    Dual Outlaw League Association Opens Schedule in Eight Southern Cities
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    Abner Powell's Texas League and J.B. Nicklin's Southern League begin play in eight Dixie cities tomorrow. The two league association has been the source of much controversy in its short five month history. The leagues have refused to sign onto the National Agreement following the National League's acknowledgement that it would not be following the agreement. The war between Ban Johnson's American League and the National League has led to raiding of many smaller leagues. Jake Wells, President of the Richmond base ball club, reversed the tide by signing several National League this season. This provoked an angry response by the National League clubs that Wells poached the players from, but the Richmond franchise has held firm that the contracts were offered legally without a legally binding national agreement in place.

    Outlaw Leagues Agree to 140 Game Season
    Champions Face Each Other in Best of 7 Series

    The Southern League and Texas League have agreed to a 140 game season. The two eight team circuits will play the schedule from April to September. The champion of the Eastern and Western league will match up in a best of 7. The two leagues were reformed out of the ashes of leagues that failed in the past decade. Powell was unconcerned about the failure of the two leagues prior dooming the current incarnation. "The Texas League and Southern League are on more secure financial footing than any other league currently." Powell pointed to the large fan bases in major cities of New Orleans, Memphis, Nashville, Richmond, and Atlanta as being able to sustain the new endeavor.


    No Reserve Clause in Either League

    One feature that has provoked the ire of other league is the refusal to employ the reserve clause. No contract in either the Southern League or Texas League will use the hated reserved clause. Players will be free to seek the highest bidder when their contract is up with the club. This has led many players to migrate below the Mason-Dixie Line.

    Foul Strike Rule Employed

    The two leagues will join the National League in using the so called foul strike rule. This will be of great assistance to pitchers who will no longer have to fear batters that have developed the ability to routinely foul off pitches. Some expressed concerned that the lowered offense might decrease attendance. Nicklin addressed these concerns by pointing out that the rule would shift the balance of the game towards the pitcher were it properly belonged. Powell concurred with his fellow league president in agreeing to impose the foul strike rule in the Texas League as well.
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