BSA Troop 21


Eagle Scout Softball Team

which played in the Americus City League

in the summer of 1956




    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  mostly Troop 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.




   According to 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.



The information above is taken from the Americus Times-Recorder.  Used with permission.