My son was selected to be a part of an All-Stars team for his little league. Needlesstosay, we are all excited.
For the past couple of weeks, he's been practicing with his new team. The double-elimination tournament starts this weekend and will be held in Smithville, which is an hour east of Austin.
For the past few days, I've been researching Smithville, since the only think I associate the town with is the 1998 romantic movie, Hope Floats.
By coincidence, REAL, which I picked up at Whole Foods, had an article on Smithville. The article not only highlighted the restaurants but also points of interests. I also came across a bit of interesting baseball history.
During a time of segregation, blacks couldn't play ball with whites. Because of this, blacks formed their own league and made professional teams. According to the REAL magazine article, "a team of Negro League baseball players edged the Smithville team 2-1 in a infamous 1957 contest," which featured Leroy “Satchel” Paige. Paige was the first black athlete to play in the 1948 World Series. He helped his team, the Cleveland Indians, beat the Boston Braves. You can read more about Satchel Paige HERE.
This "small town" has baseball history. Knowing this piece of baseball history, I am more excited to watch my son play the tournament.
Sources: http://www.statesman.com/news/lifestyles/smalltown-texas-smithville-showcases-all-the-best-/nXXGC; http://shs.umsystem.edu/historicmissourians/name/p/paige/index.html; ftp://ftp.thc.state.tx.us/Quarterly_Meeting/THC%20July%202010%20Quarterly%20Meeting%20packet.pdf