The way to Lou Johnson’s ear is through his stomach

When looking back over the life of the late Lou Johnson, it was clear that he didn't have an easy road to the majors. He was released by a couple of teams before he finally found a home with the Dodgers. His first pro season ended when he was hit in the head with a … Continue reading The way to Lou Johnson’s ear is through his stomach

Grave Story: Fred Waterman (1845-1899)

Here lies Fred Waterman, the third baseman on the 1869 Cincinnati Red Stockings, baseball’s first openly professional team. He also had a productive career in baseball before and after the Red Stockings. Sadly, he died in poverty and largely forgotten in the city where he helped make baseball history. Waterman played in the National Association … Continue reading Grave Story: Fred Waterman (1845-1899)

Road trip to Chattanooga: Unmarked graves & Lookouts

With it being Spring Break, the family decided on a short trip to Chattanooga for a little fun, cemetery searching and minor league baseball. I'd been there once before and found a few graves at the Chattanooga National Cemetery, but rain kept me from exploring any further. This week, the weather was perfect. Though I … Continue reading Road trip to Chattanooga: Unmarked graves & Lookouts