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Stumpy Harris and His Kentucky Cardinals (Uniontown, KY, baseball team)

In 1936, "Stumpy" Harris and his Kentucky Cardinals, from Uniontown, KY, were scheduled to play the Carbondale Giants on September 13. The Cardinals were said to be the best team in Kentucky and one of the best in the South. The Cardinals had defeated such teams as the Evansville Tigers and the Elite Eights from Nashville, TN. The Cardinal pitcher was a left-hander named Big Jim. He would be going against "Big Chippy" McAlister, the Giants' pitcher.

By July 1945, "Stumpy" Harris had left the Cardinals and was managing an Evansville Colored team. In 1954, he was back with the Kentucky Cardinals, and in June of that year they were scheduled to play the Harrisburg Merchants in Uniontown.

For more see "Kentucky Colored team here Sunday," The Carbondale Free Press, 9/11/1936, p. 4; "Evansville Colored team at Wasson tomorrow," The Daily Register, 8/04/1945, p. 5; and the last paragraph of the article "Merchants beat Thebes, 13-2," The Daily Register, 2/17/1954, p. 7.


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NKAA Source: The Carbondale Free press (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Daily register (newspaper)

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