Batter Up! Baseball in the Appalachian Collection

It’s baseball season!  With minor league teams back in action on the diamond, baseball fans are once again able to take in America’s national pastime and cheer on their teams.  In southern Appalachia, minor league baseball teams are scattered throughout the region.  This year we mourn the loss of the Appalachian Rookie League, but we will do our best to take advantage of other games that will be played at those classic ballparks this summer.

With baseball enthusiasm on the rise for ourselves and other fans (we know that you are out there!), we took a look at the resources related to baseball in the W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection, which collects materials past and present in the federal definition of the Appalachian Region.  Below is a snapshot of selected resources, many of which are available for checkout or Interlibrary Loan.  And, there are more not listed here!


Book Cover Appalachian League Baseball

LaMountain, Allen. Appalachian League Baseball: Where Rookies Rise. [United States] : Xlibris LLC, 2014. ASU SPEC APP COLL GV863.A53 L36 2014

Sutter, L. M. Ball, Bat, and Bitumen: A History of Coalfield Baseball in the Appalachian South. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 2009. ASU SPEC APP COLL GV863.A53 S87 2009 

Ballew, Bill. A History of Professional Baseball in Asheville. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2007. ASU SPEC APP COLL GV863.N82 B35 2007 

Akin, William E. West Virginia Baseball: A History, 1865-2000. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co, 2006.  ASU SPEC APP COLL GV863.W47 A35 2006 

Gallagher, Patrick W. The Berkeley Spinners: A Baseball History, 1948-1961. Royal Oak, MI: P.W. Gallagher, 2007.  ASU SPEC APP COLL GV875.B47 G35 2007  


Book Cover Tugerson Biography by R S Allen

Allen, R. S. Schoolboy: Jim Tugerson : Ace of the '53 Smokies. West Conshohocken, PA: Infinity, 2008. ASU SPEC APP COLL GV865.T765 A44 2008 

Terrell, Bob. John Henry Moss: Baseball's Miracle Man. Fairview, N.C.: Ridgetop Books, 2008.  ASU SPEC APP COLL GV865.M67 T47 2008

Glebe, Iris Webb. The Earl of Dublin: Baseball Career of Earl Webb, Major League Record Holder. [Ann Arbor, Mich.]: McNaughton & Gunn, 1988. ASU SPEC APP COLL  GV865.W39 G54 1988

Pictorial works

Book Cover Asheville Baseball by Ballew

Ballew, Bill. Baseball in Asheville. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2004. ASU SPEC APP COLL GV863.N82 B35 2004

Scherfling, Dale. Appalachian Weekend. [Charleston, WV?]: [D. Scherfling], 2000.  ASU SPEC APP COLL GV875.A1 S34 2000  
Regarding the West Virginia Power.

Souvenir Programs

Book Cover Charleston Alley Cats

Charleston Alley Cats (Baseball team). Charleston Alley Cats. [Charleston, WV]: [Charleston Alley Cats], 1995.  ASU SPEC APP COLL GV875.C54 C43  1995
Knoxville Smokies (Baseball team). Knoxville Smokies Program. Knoxville, Tenn: Knoxville Smokies, 1973. ASU SPEC APP COLL GV875.K6 K66  pt.1 1993

Greenville Braves (Baseball team). Greenville Braves Official Magazine. Greenville, S.C.: Greenville Braves, 1994, 1994.  ASU SPEC APP COLL CLOSED GV878.S68 G74 


Book Cover Tales of the Diamond

Fox, William Price, Laurence J. Hyman, Laura Thorpe, and Miles Hyman. Tales of the Diamond: Selected Gems of Baseball Fiction. San Francisco: Woodford Press, 1991. ASU SPEC APP COLL PS648.B37 T35 1991 Includes “A Killing” by Thomas Wolfe.  Part of the John and Marjorie Idol Wolfe Collection


Cover for Aceto On the Mound DVD

Lewallen, M. Shawn, Gene Miller, Shane Callahan, Alex Beard, Beau Walker, Patrick Basquill, Jon Stafford, and Don Baker. Acito on the Mound. [United States] : Fiddler's Creek Productions, [2015].  ASU SPEC APP COLL VIDEO DVDisc 791    

Want to learn more? Contact the Special Collections Research Center at or 828.262.4041 for assistance.

--Blog contributed by Greta Browning, Reference Archivist/Librarian

Close-up of a baseball program from the Charleston (West Virginia) Alley Cats
Published: May 18, 2021 10:55am