Montgomery had lost its team just about a month earlier in the season and quickly found a new one to replace it, but it was more a political struggle than the financial one as seen portrayed in the papers.
SO, WHAT BRINGS YOU HERE?
In the heat of the summer the Rebels were replaced by the Little Rock team. Attendance was terribly low for Little Rock's Travelers, who were happy to find a new home in Montgomery in mid-July.
|Travelers/Rebels ace Rotblatt|
The '57 season would find Montgomery in the Alabama-Florida league.
|Vandigriff plane wreck in Ramer|
Without forward thinking Vandigriff and his fortune to support the team and fight segregationists in city government, the Rebels were essentially run out of town in spite of being in first place.
Out went the integrated, upper level South Atlantic League Rebels, the team is sold for literally pennies on the dollar. In their place appear the segregated, lower level Southeastern League Rebels.
CITY REWARDS TEAM AND FANS FOR COMPLIANCE
The banning of beer was one of the way the City Council punished the Rebels ownership for bringing in black players. With the SALLY league team being replaced by the segregated Southern Association team, the beer was allowed to flow once again.
TRUTH COMES OUT
Later it would be obvious what the issue was, 1957 saw the passing of local legislation that would prohibit mixed race sports of all types!