Ray City Baseball

 

Just found the following in the sports page of the Atlanta Georgian and News, July 1, 1909 edition:

MILLTOWN WINS SERIES.
Milltown, Ga., July 1. – in a hotly contested bame [sic] of baseball Milltown won its second victory from Rays Mill by the score of 5 to 4. The game was played on Milltown’s new diamond. Schucker and Shaw did the
battery work for the home team, while Sellman and Shaw did the same duties for the visitors. Schucker, for the home team, only gave up three hits, struck out fifteen men and did on walk but one man. Sellman, of the visitors, gave up seven hits, walked two men and struck out nine men. Milltown has played three games with Rays Mill, winning the first , 16 to 2, and the second game went to Rays Mill by the score of 5 to 6 in ten innings. The milltown team was composed of all home players.

A hundred years ago, every small town had its baseball team.   Ray City sported a baseball team that played match games with Nashville, Milltown, Willacoochee, and other communities in the area.  As above, reports of the home team’s prowess occasionally even reached the Atlanta newspapers.

Later on, games were played on the baseball diamond at Mayhaw Lake.  After the small Ray City resort closed, the local team played on a field located near the tracks of the Georgia & Florida Railroad and Jones Street.

Ray City Baseball Team circa 1920

 

Top row far left to right, Elmer Shaw, James Swindle, Henry Swindle, unknown, unknown. Bottom row left to right, unknown, Charlie Shaw, unknown, unknown.

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3 Comments

  1. March 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    […] March 16, 2011 at 10:41 pm (Uncategorized) A previous post on this blog included the transcript of a 1914 advertisement for Mayhaw Lake  amusement park and attractions at Ray’s Mill, GA (now known as Ray City), and other posts have provided some backstory on the park’s significance in the community (1914 Box Ball Alley ,   Ray City Baseball). […]

  2. August 4, 2011 at 1:00 am

    […] family, he was a talented athlete (see J.I. Clements, Jr – Georgia Southern Hall of Famer , Ray City Baseball) and among the NGC Cadets he earned the nickname “the Ray City Flash.”  He was a team […]

  3. Murray omer said,

    December 22, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    W. D. (Jack) Knight and Murray Comer Played on the !st and 2nd Valdosta State College baseball team in 1953-54; Played J. I, Clements Georgia Teachers College (Now Georgia Southern) in 1954.


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