Wednesday, April 1, 2015

I Owe Ya One

Since I wrote last spring on the Montgomery history with spring training and exhibition games, I didn't want to recycle a bunch of calendar dates for a second year in a row. You guys deserve better than that, right?

So to make up for the lack of content, I offer this rare view of the Riverwalk Stadium future site, the corner of Coosa and West Jefferson street, looking east over Tallapoosa street, circa 1906.

1906, future home of the Biscuits on left

So while its been a bit quiet on the blog, I have spent a good bit of time researching and learning which is always a winner. I registered at the Archives Dept as a researcher and got a crash course on how to dig thru old papers. But with the arrival of April, the Biscuits return and so also the blog posts!

This offseason has produced about as many questions as answers for the Southern league. With the sale of the Suns, Jacksonville stands a good chance of becoming a triple-A team, but what happens to the double-A team?

What happens in Mobile? The city managed to patch things up enough to move forward with the Diamonbacks, but the ballpark needs more work than either the city or the BayBears can offer. If the park cant be saved, where to the BayBears go?

The new ballpark in Biloxi is in such a state of flux, even the league can't predict where or when the team will hold its home opener! They may have chosen the name "Shuckers" but they will default into being the "Nomads".

I'm told that if the Biloxi team has to hold off its home opener in June, the Biscuits would host the series. That would fulfill the prophecy of a twenty game homestand in June. Also, its unlikely that the series would be split, it would be all five games or nothing.

We should get a good idea of the roster in about a week and at that point we will all hit the ground running. It won't be long now!

RIP Bill Slayback
The former Montgomery Rebel was found dead in his L.A. apartment last week.
A real character in baseball with fine numbers as a Rebel, Slayback was as much a Renaissance man as there ever was. Not only a gifted pitcher but also a talented singer and songwriter.

Early in his baseball career he was sought out by Detroit Tigers HOF announcer Ernie Harwell - Harwell was also a songwriter and the two became writing partners lasting beyond Slaybacks baseball career. A multi-talented man, Bill Slayback will be missed.

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