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Charlotte Hornets Baseball Team scrapbooks

 Collection
Identifier: MS0271

Scope and Contents

Incomplete chronological series of scrapbooks (1953-1969) regarding activities of the minor league baseball team. Material in the scrapbooks consist entirely of newspaper clippings.

Dates

  • 1953-1969

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Charlotte Hornets minor league baseball franchise was founded in 1901 and was named for the city of Charlotte's reputation as "a veritable hornet's nest of rebellion" during the Revolutionary War, as quoted by British General Cornwallis. The team began play in the Class-C Virginia-North Carolina League as an affiliate of the Washington Senators (later the Minnesota Twins). In 1940, Calvin Griffith (son of Washington Senators owner Clark Griffith) built Clark Griffith Park in the Dilworth neighborhood of Charlotte to serve as the Hornets' home stadium. The team had several memorable seasons and both the 1931 and 1951 teams were recognized as two of the 100 greatest minor league teams of all time by the the National Baseball Association. Additionally, several players who went on to have Major League careers played for the Hornets, including Early Wynn, Harmon Killebrew and Graig Nettles. Archibald "Moonlight" Graham began his career with the Hornets in 1902 and his story of only appearing in one Major League game and having no at bats or fielding plays was featured in the movie, Field of Dreams. The Charlotte Hornets disbanded in 1972 after attendance numbers dropped and the team barely broke even. However, minor league baseball has continued in Charlotte over the years and the Knights currently play in BB&T Ballpark in uptown Charlotte.

Source: https://clture.org/charlotte-knights/

https://www.wfae.org/post/buzz-charlottes-baseball-past#stream/0

Extent

3 Linear Feet (six volumes)

Language

English

Overview

Incomplete chronological series of scrapbooks (1953-1969) regarding activities of the minor league baseball team. Material in the scrapbooks consist entirely of newspaper clippings.

Arrangement

The scrapbooks are arranged in chronological order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nancy Wilson, 2000.

Processing Information

Processed by James Kusik, 2001, 2003.
Title
Scrapbooks of the Charlotte Hornets Baseball Team
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid written by James Kusik
Date
2001, 2003
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Contact:
Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte 28223 United Stated