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Re: FPOC's Longtown, OH Settlement
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I am looking for more information about the Long (Longtown) Tigers. I know that this was a baseball team, but that is about it. Anyone know whether they had a logo and does the team still exist? When was it first organized, was it an integrated team. Any help would be appreciated.
This question reminds me just how esoteric information can be about these settlements. In one way there is a familiarity (among those who even know about the settlements) yet when it comes down to specifics little is known. The Long Tigers, originally the Long Giants, were an independent, community team that played other independent and semi-pro baseball teams in Ohio and Indiana. They would play in Indiana on Sundays to avoid Ohio's blue laws. People from the Settlement talk about the "old" team and the "new" team, and even though they were somewhat "legendary" in the area for "whipping" teams they played, including some very good semi-pro teams, no one seems to know specifics such as when the team "old" or "new" started, who were the individuals who started the teams, who were the players and manager on the first team, when was the last game played and who played and managed on the last team etc. etc. This could be one those situations where a lot a people can tell you who played and where they played, but few can give details yet there could be someone somewhere who has every scorecard and program from every game etc. I have my "Baker Street Boys" working on it, maybe something will come up. Evidently they were very good. Mick DECKMAN whose father played for the Parker Booster Club (Parker City, Indiana) in the East-Central Indiana Summer Independent Baseball League says his father told him that whenever they would play real good teams like the Long, Ohio Tigers they would get Carl ERSKINE (Major League pitcher for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers) to pitch for them (this was just before he became a Major League pitcher). His father (Mick's) was a pitcher but would play centerfield when ERSKINE would pitch. Independent, community baseball teams were very popular for many years but eventually came to an end with the rise in popularity of softball.
One of the most celebrated Long Tigers baseball players ("new" team), Willard E. EPPS just died 10-15-2007. He was a fireballing left-hander who once struck out 21 of 27 players in a game.
I don't believe they had a logo.
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