In the summer of 1956 the Eagle Scouts of Americus formed a
softball team and played in the summer league in Americus. It
appears from the names found that the team was composed of
21 members. The teams playing that year were 17th
District, Jaycees, Bank of Commerce, Lions Club, Trade School,
Eagle Scouts, and 1st Federal Savings and Loan.
Not every game was reported.
the Americus Times-Recorder, the Eagle Scouts lost the opening
game due to the wildness of the pitcher Charlie Hogg. The game
was a tie in the sixth inning when Hogg walked the bottom four
in the lineup and the top of the order then scored 5 runs.
Summerford, Buchannan and Studstill had 2 hits each. The
Eagle Scouts won their first game on June 15 the Jaycees 17 to
11. It was the first loss for the Jaycees. For the Eagle
Scouts Morton had 4 hits and Reeves had 3 hits. On June
21, Melvin Kinslow, later to be the Headmaster of Southland
Academy, homered in the eight inning to defeat the Eagle
Scouts. On June 27, the Eagle Scouts played a makeup game
against the Trade School and won 15 to 11. The shortstop B.
Studstill had 3 hits. At the end of the first half of the season
the Eagle Scouts were in seventh place with a records of 2 wins
and 5 losses.
By July 10, the Eagle
Scouts won their first 2 games of the second have, thus starting
the second half of the season on top with a 2 wins and 0 loss
record. By August 17, there was a three-way tie for first place
between the Eagle Scouts, the Jaycees, and the 17th
District with each having a record of 4 wins and 2 losses and
each having only one game left to play. The Eagle Scouts lost
their game and finished in third place for the second half of
the season with a record of 4 wins
and 3 losses. Both the Jaycees and the 17th
District teams won their games and tied for first.
The Eagle Scouts
finished the summer with a record of 6 wins and 8 losses.
Known members of the Eagle Scout Softball Team
who were from Troop 21 were Oliver Oxford, Bob Culpepper, Roy Parker, Harold Summerford, Richard Greene, Henry or Lamar Teaford, Jimmy
Buchanan, Hutton Barron, Bob Ivey, Paul Easterlin, Charlie Hogg, and Jimmy Loyd,
With the exception of Charlie Hogg the Troop 21 Scoutmaster, all of
these were Troop 21 Eagle Scouts.
Other players on the team were B. Studstill, R.
Studstill (probably Roy Studstill), ? Reeves, J Davidson, and ? Edge. None of these were
Eagle Scouts in Chehaw Council, although they may have been members of
Troop 21 or another scout troop.