NC Baseball Museum | NC Weekend | UNC-TV


>>Deborah: WITH THE MAJOR
LEAGUE BASEBALL SEASON ABOUT TO KICK OFF, WE THOUGHT OUR VIEWERS
WOULD LIKE TO CHECK OUT OUR STATE’S RICH BASEBALL TRADITION. AND THE PLACE TO DO THAT IS THE
NORTH CAROLINA BASEBALL MUSEUM IN WILSON.>>FLEMING STADIUM IN WILSON IS
HOME TO THE WILSON TOBS, A COLLEGIATE SUMMER LEAGUE. IT’S ALSO HOME TO THE NORTH
CAROLINA BASEBALL MUSEUM.>>THE IDEA IS TO PRESERVE AND
ALSO PROVIDE AN EDUCATION ON BASEBALL IN NORTH CAROLINA. WE HAVE WHAT WE CALL A
SMORGASBORD OF THINGS, EVERYTHING FROM LITTLE LEAGUE TO
THE MAJOR LEAGUES.>>THE FIRST ROOM CONTAINS
INFORMATION AND MEMORABILIA ON NORTH CAROLINIANS WHO PLAYED
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL.>>THERE IS 368 OF THOSE.>>INCLUDING SEVEN WHO ARE
ENSHRINED IN THE NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME, LIKE LUKE
APPLING.>>SPENT HIS ENTIRE CAREER WITH
THE CHICAGO WHITE SOX. RICK FERRELL WAS A CATCHER WITH
THE SENATORS AND SEVERAL TEAMS, THE ST. LOUIS BROWNS AND OTHERS. HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST CATCHERS
TO WORK A PITCHER. HE COULD SETTLE A PITCHER DOWN. HE COULD CALL A GREAT GAME. GAYLORD PERRY WAS A PITCHER,
BORN IN WILLIAMSTON. WON OVER 300 GAMES IN THE MAJOR
LEAGUES. HOYT WILHELM, HE WAS PROBABLY
THE BEST KNUCKLEBALL PITCHER AT THAT TIME WHEN OTHER PEOPLE
DIDN’T KNOW WHAT A KNUCKLEBALL WAS. THEY COULDN’T THROW ONE. HE WON A LOT OF GAMES BECAUSE
THAT KNUCKLEBALL DANCED ALL OVER THE PLACE. CATFISH HUNTER, MOST PEOPLE
PROBABLY REMEMBER HIM PITCHING IN THE WORLD SERIES FOR THE
YANKEES AND THE OAKLAND A’s, BUT HE WAS JUST AN OUTSTANDING
PITCHER. PITCHED NO-HITTERS. WAS JUST A GREAT REPRESENTATIVE
OF THE GAME OF BASEBALL AND NORTH CAROLINA. IN BUCK LEONARD’S DISPLAY CASE
WE’VE GOT HIS — ONE OF HIS ORIGINAL CONTRACTS, BUT THAT WAS
A CONTRACT FOR THE SEASON. HE PLAYED HIS ENTIRE CAREER IN
THE NEGRO LEAGUES, WAS REFERRED TO AS THE BLACK LOU GEHRIG. TELLS YOU WHAT KIND OF HITTER
BUCK LEONARD WAS. I THINK HIS LIFETIME BATTING
AVERAGE WAS .349, SOMEWHERE IN THAT NEIGHBORHOOD. HE WAS JUST AN ALL-STAR EVERY
YEAR IN THE NEGRO LEAGUE. HE WAS A GREAT BALL PLAYER. HE WAS A FIRST BASEMAN MOST OF
THE TIME.>>AND ENOS SLAUGHTER.>>PLAYED WITH THE CARDINALS,
YANKEES, AND A COUPLE OF OTHER TEAMS. OUTSTANDING OUTFIELDER. HE’S WELL-KNOWN FOR SCORING FROM
FIRST BASE ON A BASE HIT TO THE OUTFIELD IN A WORLD SERIES GAME. ON A ROUTINE BASE HIT TO THE
OUTFIELD, HE NEVER STOPPED AT THE SACK OF THE THIRD AND SCORED
ALL THE WAY FROM FIRST BASE IN THE WORLD SERIES. AND THAT HASN’T HAPPENED BEFORE. IT HASN’T HAPPENED SINCE.>>BUT HERE YOU’LL ALSO FIND
MEMORABILIA AND PHOTOS OF THE HUNDREDS OF OTHER NORTH
CAROLINIANS FROM ALL CORNERS OF THE STATE WHO’VE PLAYED IN THE
MAJOR LEAGUES. THE EARLIEST PLAYER ON RECORD
IN THE MUSEUM IS CHARLIE JONES, WHO PLAYED ON THE FEDERALIST
LEAGUE IN 1893.>>THAT WAS CONSIDERED A MAJOR
LEAGUE TEAM THAT CHARLIE WAS PLAYING ON, SO HE WAS A MAJOR
LEAGUE PLAYER.>>THE SECOND ROOM OF THE MUSEUM
COVERS MORE OF THE HISTORY OF THE GAME IN NORTH CAROLINA.>>THERE’S A SCOREBOOK ON
DISPLAY THAT IS FROM 1893. AND IT IS ONE OF THE OLDEST
THINGS WE’VE GOT, IF NOT THE OLDEST, THAT IS — WHAT’S UNIQUE
ABOUT IT, IT WAS SO NEATLY SCORED. YOU CAN READ THE NAMES. YOU CAN READ THE HITS THEY GOT. WHOEVER DID THAT DID ONE OF THE
BEST JOBS I’VE EVER SEEN.>>THIS SECTION OF THE MUSEUM
TAKES US AROUND THE BASES FROM THE EARLY CLUB TEAMS —
TO THE STORIED PLAYERS OF THE NEGRO LEAGUES —
TO THE TAR HEEL WOMEN WHO PLAYED IN THE ALL-AMERICAN GIRLS
PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL LEAGUE. YOU MIGHT JUST BE SURPRISED AT
WHAT YOU’LL DISCOVER HERE AT THE NORTH CAROLINA BASEBALL MUSEUM
IN WILSON.>>IF YOU LOVE BASEBALL, THIS IS
THE PLACE TO COME.>>THIS IS DEREK LONG FOR “NORTH
CAROLINA WEEKEND.”

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