Charles M. Hammett – Baseball Memories
Baseball was a game I enjoyed as a spectator
or playing pickup games. During the summer before my senior year of High
School, in 1951, I was asked to play baseball with the Glendale Team. I played
in the outfield. The team would practice during the week on Tuesday and Thursday
afternoons. The practice sessions were at the Glendale Ball Field located
The team furnished uniforms. Each player purchased his spikes and glove.
Some players dressed at home and others at the gym. The gym was located
in the Flat near the Company Store. The Ball Field was a sandy red type
with the outfield of grass and weeds. The field was in fair shape. An employee
of the mill would use a heavy truck that belonged to the mill with an attachment
covered with old burlap sacks to drag over the sand in the field. He would
also mark the lines and set the bases on the field. There was a mowing attachment
which could be used with the truck to take care of the grass and weeds when
he had the time. There were some times that the outfielders had to stand
in high grass.
There was a wooden fence around the entire field. There were wooden dugouts
and a wooden grandstand. All of the games were played on Wednesday and Saturday
afternoon. Most of the games started about four O’clock. The crowds were
not too large. The people were finding other things to take up their time.
Radio and TV were carrying more games and other entertaining programs.
In years past, Glendale had a black team and a second team, like a junior
varsity. However, in 1951, we did not have either of these.
I was the bat boy for Glendale during the years 1943 and 1944. We had local
players and some men from Camp Croft. Most of the young men from Glendale
were in the Military Service. My baseball playing for the Glendale Team
lasted for one game. The games and practice took up too much time. I worked
for the Company Store. My job was at the Mill Canteen at night. In the afternoon,
I filled up the Coke machines and picked up the empty bottles. Then at night,
I would open the Mill Canteen from 8:30 PM until 11:30 PM.
I decided I needed the money. I enjoyed the baseball and the time with
the other players. Only so much can be done in 24 hours. With this in mind,
I realized I could only do one or the other. So, I decided to keep my job.