Kingsport has had a long love affair with America’s favorite pass time. The keepsakes from this relationship are not movie stubs, pressed carnations, and love letters.
Instead, the archives is brimming with score sheets, photographs, baseball cards, and so much more. All of these memories have inspired the latest archives exhibit at the Kingsport Public Library!
This blog, by the way, is dedicated to reader Kathleen Fueston who has been patiently waiting for my next post and reads each one faithfully. Hope you like baseball, Kathy!
When librarian Karen Cassell suggested baseball for the subject of our next exhibit, I wondered if we had enough materials. One simple search on the archives online image database proved my worries were unnecessary. The problem was I only had two cases in which to display our collections!! The featured items span from the 1930s to the 199os. Let me share with you some of the amazing images and some of the things I’ve learned.
The archives has so many team photos that I couldn’t include a tenth of them. Here’s a favorite of Kingsport High from 1935.
Before Kingsport had a minor league team called The Mets, it had The Royals, The Pirates, and The Cherokees.
I love the W. B. Greene Store baseball promotion contest seen in this 1946 shop window.
Write us a letter of 100 words or less on “What baseball means to America”
The winner received an official National League Spalding baseball autographed by Mel Ott (right fielder for the NY Giants) and a season pass to all Kingsport Cherokee home games.
The exhibit “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” will be on the main floor of the Kingsport Public Library until mid-September 2014. Remember that there is so much more to see in the Archives of the City of Kingsport, so please stop by sometime. Bring your own Cracker Jack.
Feature image: DBHS baseball players traveled to Havana, Cuba with Coach Sprankle in 1941.
Author’s Note: Archival photograph information is derived from the case files and from writing on the photographs themselves. Suggested corrections should go directly to the archives and not to this blog. Unkind comments will not be published.
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