Blackburn, B L 1972-08-03

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B. L. Blackburn discusses his career as a baseball coach at Abilene High, his coaching policy and techniques, and some changes in high school athletics.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: B. L. "Blacky" Blackburn

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Date: August 3, 1972

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour, 5 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Early interest in athletics, Area recruiting, Lawsuit over recruiting practice, Pete Shotwell's career, Baseball's place in Breckenridge sports, High school baseball temporarily discontinued state-wide, Blackburn's athletic career, Specialization in athletics discussed, Coaches at Tarleton and University of Texas recalled, Blackburn's employment in Aspermont, Competition for attention of athletes discussed, Community support of athletics, West Texas attitude toward football, Coaching baseball, Baseball record (1950-58), Summer baseball, Cooper-Abilene High rivalry

Tape 1, Side 2: Discipline policy, Dropping players from the program, Baseball season prescribed by Interscholastic League, Explanation of poorer seasons, Colt League competition, American Legion programs, Review of Abilene High football programs, Utilizing city college players in baseball, Career highlights: baseball and football, Individual players mentioned, Blue Sox Stadium in Abilene discussed, Intramural and P. E. activities in high school lauded

Range Dates: 1950-1972

Bulk Dates: 1950-1972

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