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Kris Rutherford is the author of middle-grade sports novels and non-fiction baseball history books. For middle-grade readers, he has written “Batting Ninth” (Enslow Publishers) and “Nothin’ But Net” (Future Fisherman Foundation and Museitup Publishing. He has published two Texas League Baseball history books including “Homeseekers, Parasites, and the Texas Midland: The Texas League in Paris, 1896-1904” (RecWatch Publishing) and “Baseball on the Praire: How Seven Small-Town Teams Shaped Texas League History.” He also writes a bi-monthly column on North Texas sports history in “The Roxton Progress.”

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  1. Richard W. Snowden

    Kris: Fascinating story about my great-great grandfather, Francis Patterson Abercrombie. I knew that he had had a fleeting professional baseball career, but I did not know the play-by-play you describe here. I can add the following corrections and additional color to his life story: First, he was born in 1852 (not 1850) and he died here in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia in 1939 (not 1937). Second, his father and grandfather having been confidants of Abraham Lincoln, his childhood friends included Tad and Willie Lincoln… He was robust and healthy up into his 80s, winning a senior’s golf championship at age 83 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club St Martin’s course in 1935 (I have the trophy), having walked the 15 blocks to the match from his house and back again…..All in all, from my grandmother’s stories, ‘Grandy’ Abercrombie was a real character and I could bore you with many others, at least one not appropriate for a public blog site! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge of this interesting guy from the past…
    Best Regards, Rich Snowden

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  2. Craig Collins

    Kris,

    Not sure how to contact you directly, so I’ll leave a post here instead. I just wrote a Wikipedia page on Ollie Pickering, who allegedly was responsible for the term Texas Leaguer when he hit seven consecutive flares into the shallow outfield in a single game while playing for the Houston Mudcats on May 21, 1892. His seven singles in a game is still listed as a Texas League record. I’d love to see the box score for that game. Any chance of finding it? Let me know. And here’s Ollie’s wiki page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ollie_Pickering

    Thanks,
    Craig

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      • Craig Collins

        Kris, Thanks. I just saw this. I was able to dig it up myself, as well. The image was a bit muddy, so I cleaned it up a bit. Here’s a piece I published on Medium.com on my search for the definitive link between Pickering and the term Texas Leaguer. Since writing Pickering’s Wikipedia page, there have been at three or four blog posts about Pickering and the origin of the term Texas Leaguer. I maybe should’ve posted my piece first and then written/updated Pickering’s Wikipedia page. Enjoy. https://bit.ly/33blceO

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  3. Judy Colwell Womack

    My father, Pete Colwell, was a minor league player from 1925-1930 and then played for Sun Oil. I have his stats from 1928 in Mexia and believe he played in Oklahoma after that. He came from the Hillsboro area, so I wonder if he played for Corsicana when he first got out of high school, but that is just a guess. I am just looking for stats for any team that would have him during that period. Where do I start?

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    • krisruth

      If you’ll go to baseball-reference.com, there are stats on virtually every player to play professionally…one game or 3,000. You’ll need to get into the minor league section. If you have any trouble let me know!

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