By Stephen R. Farris
Mexia News Sports
He might not be a household name these days, but there was a time his name was mentioned often, more than likely by local town folk gathered at the coffee shop, sipping their morning coffee and browsing through the sports section of the newspaper.
They would probably have been conversing about what happened in the Washington Senators game – no, not the political ones, but the baseball team – or the Detroit Tigers, depending on what year it was.
After all, one particular player who played for both of those teams got his start playing for the Mexia Gushers baseball nine back in 1922, when the team was a member of the Texas-Oklahoma League.
From there, he went on to play for the Little Rock Travelers of the Southern Association before his contract was sold to the Washington Senators in 1923.
So who is this mystery fella that ended up going from semi-pro to professional in such a short time?