1884 Memoriam to the Alapaha Boys of Summer

Home town baseball was in play in Berrien County at least as early as 1884 when this farewell to the Alapaha, GA team was published. Not every small town could sustain a team.

The Berrien county News publishes the following in memoriam of the Alapaha baseball club: The Alapaha baseball club has about played out.  In its short existence of three months it never played a game without being defeated.

“None knew it but to beat it,
None named it but to laugh,
It tried the county Sumner,
And made exactly half”

as many runs as these mighty champions of the diamond.  This was the last game of the noble Alapahas. Striking their bats in the ground and pitching their balls to the winds, they exclaimed in the language of the hunted Cherokees, “Alabama -here we rest.”

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