In The Good Old Summertime


Livingston, Texas, July 15. – The married
men and the boys played a game of ball
here today, the losing side to pay for an
ice cream supper, given at the school
house tonight, resulting in a score of 44
to 16 in favor of the boys.
Houston Daily Post, July 15, 1896.
Contributed by Darrell Pittman.


After receiving Darrell’s 1896 story, we looked for a team photo of “the boys” club, but came up empty. So, even though the actual club shown here is one of the 19th century Brown University teams, we have prevailed upon these silent thespians from baseball’s history to portray for us a sidebar note in the Livingston game story. We received no complaints from any of them to the exercise. – So, here we see “the boys” cooling their heels down at the school house after the game, as they patiently await the “married men” to show up and pay for the ice cream.



Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle


3 Responses to “In The Good Old Summertime”

  1. bhick6 Says:

    This is the photo of the 1879 Brown University team which contains the image of William Edward White, whom some researchers in SABR have revealed to have been the first Afro-American in the majors, preceding Moses Fleetwood Walker and his brother Weldy Walker by five years. William White is seated directly behind the manager, who is in the business suit. White played in one game for the Providence Grays of the National League in 1879.

    Bill Hickman

    • Bill McCurdy Says:

      Thanks, Bill. Wow! The presence of William Edward White in this historic photo, indeed, is a far greater revelation than their Brown U. team portrayal here of the Livingston boys waiting on a well-earned ice cream treat.

  2. Mark W. Says:

    I believe Peter Morris had a significant hand in that research..

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