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was the backbone of our team and a constant encourager. Charlie was a real supporter
of a lot of young players in giving us an opportunity to play and treated us so well. Other
men come to mind -- Leroy Herder, Johnny Miksch, Allen Winters, and on and on. In
fact, when I think of my two years, I always think of the people of Weimar.
The team was good and we won many super games. I remember our many
good games with Columbus, hard battles with Conroe, Victoria, and Sinton, and beating
Alpine in Weimar after they had won the state tournament in Sinton. We were fortunate
to have the good players we had. I would like to name all of them specifically, but would
leave out some. Back to the good folks in Weimar. That first summer I lived with the
Seiferts. Special folks. Mrs. Seifert would have that fresh milk and muffins for me after
the game. Mr. Seifert had some illness, and I said I would milk the cow. No way that
city boy could get that job done. I had to go to town and get a nine year old girl to do
it. Their son and wife were big friends. Others in town were so neat to me. The two
doctors took my appendix out that morning and were so good to me. We were treated
so royally by everyone and I am still grateful.
I learned to pitch in Weimar. The tremendous support and a lot of instruc-
tion made me into a good pitcher. I pitched at the University of Texas. Started nine
Southwest Conference games in my senior year, finished nine games, and won nine
games. Weimar prepared me for that.
Received my business degree in 1952 and masters in finance and insurance
in 1953 at Texas. I married Betty in 1953 and have four neat children and eight grand-
children. Jokingly, I say, "Hesitate to call home and ask 'What's new?'"
I entered the life insurance business in 1954 and have been a member of the
Million Dollar Round Table 18 years. I served as president of the Chartered Life
Underwriter's Society in Fort Worth, as well as the General Agents. I am active in my
church, Bible Study Fellowship, Young Life, and other Christian organizations. Betty and
I enjoy traveling and the family.
Jim Shamblin (Retail Merchant): My name is Jim Shamblin and my wife is Audrey. We
have two boys and one girl and have been married 23 years.
We have a fireplace store in Houston called Mr. Fireplace Inc. We recently
had some flue pipe come in here from Austin on Herder Truck Line. A few Weimar people
have been in the store over the years.
I think the year 1949 was a great year for all the ball players and the people
of Weimar. We really had a lot of fun. At the 25th reunion, Teddy Brasher said the whole
town was closer together then than ever before or since.
Bob Tankersley (Automobile Dealer): After the summer in Weimar, I was signed by the
New York Giants through their scout Johnny Hudson. Unfortunately, the Air Force had
a better contract on me, so I never got to report other than to the induction center at
Lackland Air Force Base. After a six year tour, my ball playing days were over. Weimar
and the Truckers served me well though. I have never been with a more competitive
group. My only regret was, at that time, not to have been able to play more ball with
the likes of Eddie Burrows, Allen Winters, Luther Scarborough, and far too many more
to mention. These guys were tops in enthusiasm, energy, fight, and never for a moment
gave up. I think of them often and the spirit they all had to win. Great group!
The automobile business has been my life for the past 28 years. Sometimes
good, sometimes bad, but overall, it has been good to me. I owned a dealership in
Victoria, the scene of many good ball games with the Rosebuds.
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