The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Community

July 20, 2013

Jim Bailey: Babe Ruth World Series paid a visit to Anderson

Jim Bailey

Youth baseball has always been big in Anderson, at least since I’ve lived here. It used to be even bigger than it is now. And the year 1965 was probably the culmination of local interest in the sport as Memorial Field hosted the Babe Ruth World Series.

I was a young sportswriter at the time, and I cut my teeth on all the preparations for a national event right here in Anderson.

Memorial Field got a major makeover. The field didn’t even have a pressbox before 1965, and the bleachers were in need of renovation. Not only was a three-row pressbox installed, but a new grandstand was added and temporary bleachers installed all the way out both foul lines to give the place a capacity of more than 5,000. The field was reworked and new fences added, including a temporary 13-15 Babe Ruth-distance outfield fence.

Players from the visiting teams stayed with foster parents in private homes. That assured large crowds for each game, and attendance at the BR World Series pretty much exceeded nightly attendance at Indianapolis Indians minor-league games.

The Anderson Nationals were the automatic host team. They ended up losing their first two games for a quick exit. New Orleans gained the title, with Manchester, N.H., the runner-up. Other teams included Mobile, Ala.; Phoenixville, Pa.; Brookfield, Ill.; Stockton, Calif.; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

All sorts of celebrities made appearances, not the least of them being Anderson’s own Carl Erskine, not that far removed from his stellar major league career. I was involved in my first big-name press conference with National League president Warren Giles.

Babe Ruth International officials were in full charge of the games themselves. A couple of them were characters. The official scorer, I believe his first name was Harry, was an inveterate cigar smoker, which I’m not sure would be acceptable in today’s enclosed pressboxes. He let it be known he was in full charge. On one close play at first, a late throw from the shortstop got to the first baseman, who stopped the ball but didn’t make a clean pickup just as the runner crossed the bag. “6-E3,” Harry barked, giving the shortstop an assist and the first baseman an error on what could have been ruled a hit. His authority established, he was less vociferous later in the tournament: “Aw, give him a hit,” he muttered on a couple of similar plays.

Text Only
Community
  • FEA - HB0414 - Multiplication Madness - JC 1 Multiplication tourney sparks interest in math Alexandria teacher creates multiplication tourney to make math fun.

    April 14, 2014 4 Photos

  • FEA HB0416 Reno Sweeney Review: Classic Cole Porter tunes in 'Anything Goes' Light-hearted entertainment reigns at Beef and Boards Dinner Theatre as the stage is filled with sparkling costumes, quick stepping and even a little slapstick thrown into the mix. “Anything Goes,” now playing through May 11, may be a musical celebrating its 80th anniversary, but the humor is not lost on modern audiences.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Community Briefs: April 16 A compilation of community news as published in the Wednesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 16, 2014

  • Community Briefs: April 15 A compilation of community news as published in the Tuesday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 15, 2014

  • Community Briefs: April 14 A compilation of community news as published in the Monday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 14, 2014

  • FEA - HB0413 - volunteer Brian Morson - JC 39 A helping hand Brian Morson’s time as a volunteer at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital started as a patient when he had a hip injury. After he made a comment that hospitals in London have greeters, the director of Volunteer Services at the time told him he had the perfect voice and accent to do it at St. Vincent. Twelve years later, he’s volunteered more than 4,500 hours.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • FEA - HB0413 - 0959 Starting over

    Ryan and Janae Ledbetter may not have moved far geographically, but the differences in their lifestyle and surroundings are huge. A new style of house has called for new décor and furnishings, which is suiting the family well.

    April 12, 2014 5 Photos

  • Bailey, Jim mug Jim Bailey: Noah movie dramatized, but there likely was a great flood No fewer than 250 versions of a flood story exist in diverse cultures worldwide either in written form or through oral history traditions. One must ask, one source says, if there was no flood, how did all these far-flung people groups end up with such a similar myth?

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • Howard Hewitt: Chilean wines improving, worth a second look The Chilean wines I’ve tasted in the past year are increasingly of higher quality and interest. The unique and different growing regions could make Chile a real wine star in coming years.

    April 12, 2014

  • Community Briefs: April 13 A compilation of community news items as published in Sunday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    April 12, 2014

Reader Pet Photos


We're looking for your best pet photos! Share your photos of your favorite non-human companions in our new photo gallery. Click here to upload your photos

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin