North Carolina Baseball Museum


– [Narrator] Fleming
Stadium in Wilson is home to the Wilson Tobs, the collegiate summer league. It’s also home to the North
Carolina baseball museum. – The idea is to
preserve and also provide an education on
baseball in North Carolina. We have what we call a
smorgasbord of things, everything from little league to the major leagues. – [Narrator] The first
room contains information and memorabilia of
North Carolinians who played major
league baseball. – [Kent] There is 368 of those. – [Narrator] Including
seven who are enshrined in the National
Baseball Hall of Fame like Luke Appling. – He spent his
entire career with the Chicago White Sox. Rick Ferrell was a
catcher with the Senators and several teams, the St.
Louis Browns and others. He was one of the best
catchers to work a pitcher. He could settle a pitcher down, he could call a great game. Gaylord Perry is a pitcher. He was born in Williamston. He won over 300 games
in the major leagues. Hoyt Wilhelm, he was
probably the best knuckle ball
pitcher at that time when other people didn’t
know what a knuckle ball was or couldn’t throw one. He won a lot of games
because that knuckle ball danced all over the place. Catfish Hunter, most
people probably remember him pitching in the World
Series for the Yankees and the Oakland A’s but he was just an
outstanding pitcher. Pitched a no-hitter, was
just a great representative of the game of Baseball
and North Carolina. In Buck Leonard’s display case, we’ve got one of his
original contracts but that was a contract
for the season. He played his entire career
in the Negro Leagues. Was referred to as
the Black Lou Gehrig. Tells you what kind of hitter Buck Leonard was. I think his lifetime
batting average was 349 somewhere in that neighborhood. He was just an all star every
year in the Negro League. He was a great ball player. He was a first baseman
most of the time. – [Narrator] And Enos Slaughter. – Played with the
Cardinals, the Yankees and a couple of other teams. Outstanding outfielder. He’s well known for
scoring from first base on a base hit to the outfield
in a world series game on a routine base
hit to the outfield. He never stopped
at second or third. And scored all the
way from first base in the World Series and
that hasn’t happened before and it hasn’t happened since. – [Narrator] But
here you’ll also find memorabilia and photos
of the hundreds of other North Carolinians from
all corners of the state who played in the major leagues. The earliest player on
record in the museum is Charlie Jones, who played on the Federalist League in 1893. – That was considered
a major league team that Charlie was playing on. So he was a major league player. – [Narrator] The second
room of the museum covers more of the history of
the game in North Carolina. – There’s a score
book on display that is from 1893 and it is
one of the oldest things we’ve got, if not the oldest. What’s unique about it,
it was so neatly scored. You can read the names, you can
read what the hits they got. Whoever did that did one of
the best jobs I’ve ever seen. – [Narrator] This section
of the museum takes us around the bases from
the early club teams to the storied players
of the Negro Leagues, to the Tar Heel
women who played in the All-American Girls
Professional Baseball League. You just might be surprised
at what you’ll discover here at the North Carolina
Baseball Museum in Wilson. – [Kent] If you love baseball,
this is the place to come. – [Derek] This is Derek Long
for North Carolina Weekend. – [Deborah] The North
Carolina Baseball Museum is at historic Fleming Stadium at 300 Stadium Street
in downtown Wilson. They’re open Thursday thru
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5. For more information give
them a call at 252-296-3048 or go online to
ncbaseballmuseum.com.

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