Kelly, Joe 1975-06-09

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Joe Kelly, sports reporter at the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal from 1947 to 1963, tells of semi-professional baseball in the West Texas area.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Joe Kelly

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: June 9, 1975

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 1 hour, 15 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Personal history, Worked for various newspapers, Played semi-pro baseball from 1931 to 1935, West Texas-New Mexico baseball league recalled Integration, Location of baseball stadium in Lubbock, Reason for loss of interest in Lubbock ball games, Paul Dean harmed attitude toward baseball in Lubbock (1951), Relation between major and minor leagues, Story of team leaving Lubbock, Attempts to bring Texas League baseball to Lubbock, Decreasing spectator support of baseball, Former Lubbock Hubbers who live in Lubbock, People in other cities remembered.

Tape 1, Side 2: Anecdotes about Hubber baseball, Ball park described as beautiful, Problems with weather, Owners of Lubbock Hubbers listed, Chain of command in ball clubs, Game broadcasts recreated from Western Union messages, Doubts that professional baseball would ever return to Lubbock, College teams will replace minor leagues.

Range Dates: 1931-1975

Bulk Dates: 1947-1963

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