Appalachian Spring Continues Sports Theme In Nelsonville Area
Sports In The Little Cities: Sam Jones, Champion Boxer & Community Hero
Thursday, May 9, 2019 • May 9 • 3-4:30PM • Nelsonville Public Library
The lessons of boxing far surpass the sport itself in the mind of Sam’s Gym owner and operator Sam Jones. A champion kick boxer and boxer from the
Glouster area. Jones father opened their gym in the mining town of Glouster 1936, and it has continually operated ever since, making it the oldest boxing gym in America. It is only rivaled by gyms in New York City for longevity, but as usual Sam wins the battle. Among the battles that Sam won, was reigning as the United States National Kick Boxing Champion from 1974- 78as the sport came into national attention via coverage on the ABC Wild World of Sports.
The revered destination on Glouster’s High Street, has fashioned many a successful boxer and has made connections with champions from around the country, in part raising funds for Jones’ Boxing for Books program for Trimble Local Schools. More than fundraising drives this fit 70-plus year
old physical specimen, Jones has fashioned a philosophy of life that he draws from sports that he teaches those who train with him, guiding many a young men
(and a few young women) from the area to avoid the pitfalls that often beset their lives living in our economically challenged region.
Hear Sam live and in person on Thursday afternoon, May 9 at the Nelsonville Public Library. You won’t regret meeting this fine man and hearing his stories of early boxing and sport in the area, as well as his outlook on life!
Free and open to the public! Thanks to the Athens County Public Library in Nelsonville for hosting!
Sports In The Little Cities: Professional Baseball Players from the Hocking Valley With Mark Shubert
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 • 3-4:30PM • Nelsonville Public Library
America’s favorite pastime was a favorite among Hocking Valley miners seeking recreation after a hard week underground. The sport flourished in area communities with semi-pro teams developing in some mining towns. Visits to both Shawnee and Murray City from the Cincinnati Reds during the early 1900’s gives credibility to the story of the region’s baseball prowess. Even more so, the number of professional baseball players coming out of the coal region during the turn of last century is surprising. Amesville area historian Mark Shubert will share his knowledge of the numerous professional baseball players hailing from the Hocking Valley Coal region in a presentation at the Nelsonville Public Library on May 14. Shubert will also bring along sports memorabilia to share.
Among the players to be highlighted are Estel Crabtree, namesake for Crab- tree Field in Nelsonville, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds; Jack Taylor, of New Straitsville who played for the Cardinals and Chicago Cubs, Congo’s John Churry who played for the Cubs Robert Elias Williams from the coal camp of Monday who played with the New York Yankees; and Corning’s Bunny Pearce who played catcher for the Reds.
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It’s finally here! The Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council is proud to announce that we’ve opened up the Company Store. we now have an online shop open for and ready for business! Check it out, and see our new Little Cities of Black Diamonds long sleeve T-shirts new for 2018, and while you’re there pick yourself up a copy of Carrying Coal to Columbus by David Meyers, Elise Meyers, and Nyla Vollmer as they share the history of the coal from its discovery in the Hocking Valley to the first loads of coal being shipped to Columbus and beyond today!
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