The Transylvania Times -

By Marcy Thompson
Picturing The Past 

Baseball Standouts Grew Up On These Diamonds


This Brevard team made up of mostly African-American players played teams from western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina. Back, left to right: William Mills, Eddie Moss, Jake Smith, Charles Whitmire, Joe Lewis Norman, Dolphus Robinson, Arthur Robinson, Johnny Whitmire and Lewis Howell. Front, left to right: Willie Bussey, Herbert Avery, Charles Gardin, Charles Whitmire Jr., Hugh Whitmire, Lawrence Mills, Dennis Robinson and Walter Mal Benjamin. (Photo and identifications provided by Charles Whitmire Jr.)

Baseball grew in popularity throughout North Carolina following the Civil War. By the late 1800s most towns, colleges and high schools had teams. Transylvania County has been home to town teams, industrial league teams and Major Leaguers since the early 1900s.

In 1903 the Brevard Baseball Club played 28 games against other town teams, including Hendersonville, Tryon and Spartanburg. They finished the season with a 17-11 record. Newspaper articles boast of defeating their archrivals, Hendersonville, several times.

Within a few years other Transylvania communities and the Brevard Instit...

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