1946: Minor League Baseball in Rocky Mount, NC

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the definitive history of baseball in Rocky Mount, NC during the summer of 1946
1946: Minor League Baseball in Rocky Mount, NC by Leverett T. Smith 1979 paperback, 9" x 6", 24 pp. Privately printed by the author. Extremely rare! This little book is comprised of 3 short articles by Smith, retired English prof from NC Wesleyan College who was founder and editor of the NC Wesleyan College Press, with an introduction by the poet Joel Oppenheimer and a concluding poem by Arthur Mann Kaye. The short articles include "Professional Baseball in Rocky Mount: The '46 Rocks" "1946: Bill Kennedy's Fabulous Year" "Stories Pertaining to Local Negro Baseball in the Rocky Mount Evening Telegram April 24-Dec 31, 1946. The Rocks played in the Coastal Plains League along with teams from New Bern, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Kinston, Tarboro and Greenville. They won 9 of their last 11 games and the league playoffs, too, with left-handed pitcher Bill Kennedy leading the way with a 28-3 record. The Rocky Mount Black Swans competed in the East Carolina Negro baseball league, with the Raleigh Giants, Littleton Brays, Durham Eagles, Kinston Greys, Goldsboro Blue Sox, South Hill Spiders, and teams from Warrenton and Charlotte. The Black Swans played the Spiders for the league championship, but, alas, the Telegram didn't report the results!
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