L.C. Smith provided the photo above and believes it was taken in the late 1930s. He writes:
"This traveling baseball team was sponsored by the Summerville Merchants, thus the S/M on their jerseys. I'm not sure of all the names, but my father, Luther C. Smith, Jr., is front row and second from the right.
I have found a couple of box scores of the Summerville Merchants baseball team and these are the names listed in the box scores: P. Pullen 3b, H. Cash 1b, R. Cash ss, Alexander c, Peavyhouse cf, J. Pullen p, Mathis 2b, Mosley rf, L. Smith lf, Narramore 3b, Sitton cf, Stephenson rf."
The man standing second from the right in the top row looks a lot like J.R. Burgess to me. If you can identify anyone else in the photo, or have additional information about the Summerville Merchants baseball team, please contact me and I'll update the caption.
*Caption update from Norris Gamble:
"My father, Leon Gamble, Sr., is third from the left on the first row (with bat). The picture was probably taken about 1939 or 1940.
I agree with your comment that the person second from the right on the back row is J.R. Burgess. He and my father worked together."
*Caption update from Robert Baker:
"Front row, L-R: Fred Stewart, (Jim?) Mosley, Leon Gamble, _____ Alexander, unknown, Luther Smith, unknown. Back row: unknown, unknown, unknown, unknown, Joe Pullen, J.R. Burgess, and W.C. Sturdivant.
W.C. Sturdivant was owner and president of Montgomery Knitting Mill which manufactured hosery. I would have guessed the M and S stood for Montgomery Sox, but I don't know. I do know the mill manufactured socks."
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