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the all star first team in 1937, being named that same year to the all star team of south
Texas by Perry Winkle, "The Jedge" as he was called, sportswriter for the San Antonio
Evening News, playing with the Victoria Rosebuds in the Houston Post Tournament in
1947 and with the Herder Truckers of Weimar in 1948, coming back into baseball after
a four year lay off and hitting .350 in 1946, .392 in 1947, and .350 in 1948 in the
Guadalupe Valley League, and coaching the Gonzales High School baseball team in
1946, after the school had dropped baseball during the war years, and helping a bunch
of kids learn something about the game. Several of them came on to play with the Indians
in later years.
Although I only played part of one year (1948) with the Weimar Truckers,
I have fond memories of that time and of the many good friends from the Weimar area.
Since I was active in amateur and semi-pro baseball from the late 1920s into the early
1950s, my home town, Gonzales, had played against the Weimar team many times. In
fact, it was a game we played in Weimar in late July of 1948 that resulted in my joining
the Truckers for the rest of the season.
We had completed our season in the Guadalupe Valley League and scheduled
a game with the Truckers. While Weimar beat us, it was a close game, and I managed
to get a couple of hits, which brought my season batting average to .350. Manager John
Miksch must have been impressed, as he asked me if I would like to join them for the
rest of the season. This suited me fine, as I wanted to keep on playing. So beginning
with the game on July 23, 1948, I was the first baseman through the last game on August
21, 1948. We won nine and lost four in that period, and my batting average was .312,
with five doubles and three triples out of the fifteen hits made.
The Truckers had won 21 and lost 6 in the 27 games played before I joined
the team, so the yearly total was 30 won and 10 lost. Then we entered the Houston
Post Tournament, a double elimination tourney involving some 14 top rated teams from
this area of Texas. The Truckers got off to a fast start, winning their first five games,
reaching the finals needing only one more victory to take the tournament. Conroe was
the final opponent, and the Truckers had beaten that team earlier. It was not to be,
however, and Conroe won both games of the doubleheader to reign as champions. This
made Weimar's final count for the year stand at 35 won and 12 lost, a record to be proud
of. Many things stand out as I think back over that season. The loyal fans - the stands
were full almost every game - and the sponsor, Charlie Herder, who could not have been
nicer to the boys on his team. The players I had known from prior years, Jiggs and Frank
Kana, Al Kasparek, Richard Polach, and the other men on the 1948 team, Al Winters,
Dutch Schroeder, Cotton Lindloff, George Billeck, Murray Wall, Al Joe Hunt, LeRoy Jarl,
Hilbert Boeer, Harvey Krause, Bartosh, Mazoch, Zuber, Anderson, Holt, McGill, Lebar
and Carter, and Manager John Miksch; they were all special and a pleasure to be with.
And who could forget the team's batboy and biggest "rooter," Emmitt Smith, I think,
a local black man who had been quite a player in his day. There were other black fans
and I remember their chant whenever an opposing batter hit one in the direction of Al
Hunt at shortstop, "Mr. True Arm done got you now," as Al rifled the ball over to first
The season ended with a big feast, given by the owner, Charlie Herder, and
others, when the money won by the team's second place finish in the Houston Post Tour-
nament was divided among the players and fans gave prizes for certain accomplish-
ments. The Rotary Club was also in on the banquet, and Mannie Lauterstein, a local mer-
chant, gave each player a pair of Florsheim shoes. During the season various fans gave
prizes for certain outstanding plays, like cash for home runs, triples, and winning runs
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