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Meadortations: Ray County Anecdotes

By Lee Meador, Jan. 1986
The Richmond Daily News

I hope that the “good times” we are enjoying under the Reagan administration will last and last, but some day there will have to be a day of reckoning. It is more than just a passing thought with me concerning what could be done with the billions we are spending to pay interest on the national debt.

During the Depression years our town softball team had a game scheduled at Braymer. I am talking of grown boys and young men, and for transportation we went to Johnny Dabblin’ whose real name was Ray Giles. He agreed that if we could come up with $1.50 he would take the team to Braymer in his pickup and bring them home. Believe it or not, it wasn’t easy to come up with that buck and a half.

That’s only part of the story. In those days (middle 30s) it wasn’t unusual to borrow gloves from the other team, and when we played there we acquired the nickname “gloveless wonders.” Actually when softball was first played, only the catcher, pitcher and the first baseman were concerned with gloves, and it was a luxury for anyone else to have a glove. Of course, as times got better, all players used gloves.

And the Braymer story wouldn’t be complete without throwing in an incident of another time. One of the lady fans from Hardin was drinking a bottle of pop, which then cost a nickel. She didn’t particularly like the reference to either the team or one of the players. The aspersion was made by a fan seated in a row or three in front of her, and on the spur of the moment she reacted—hitting the fan with the pop bottle and acquiring the nickname “Battlin’ Lou.” It was a long time before she was able to live down that incident.