Mount Airy Graniteers
During the 1930-1950s, almost every town of any size in North Carolina had a professional minor league baseball team. Mount Airy featured two teams: The Mount Airy Reds from 1934 - 1937, and the Graniteers from 1938 - 1941 and 1946 - 1950. After being interrupted by the War, baseball returned and life-long friendshops formed between the players and fans during the final Graniteer years. The Blue Ridge League folded in 1950 with the Graniteers winning the league championship. Professional baseball never returned to Mount Airy or other small towns, but the memories continued with players who settled in the Mount Airy area and through reunions that brought players and fans together.
1948 Mount Airy Graniteers baseball team photograph; Blue Ridge League 1st row - Zwelling - 1st base, Teer - 2nd Base, Treece - Pitcher, Holmes - short stop, Yearick – center 2nd row - Marshall - right field, Williams - Pitcher, Solters - Utility, Nixon – Pitcher 3rd row - Hall - center field, Holt - Left Field, King - Pitcher, Davis - 3rd base, Essic - 2nd base, Akins- center field, Jackson - pitcher, cashier – manager
Team photograph of the Mount Airy Graniteers; standing: ?, Howard Stanley, ?, ?, John Eggleston, ?, ?, ?, ?, ? kneeling: Omar Cordero, Lefty Jones, Jack Seagraves, S. Chrisman, Zip Payne, Doc Wall, George Hol..., Dean Dosc...
1939 Mount Airy Graniteers Bi-State League Schedule
Newspaper photograph and photo id "Hail the Conquering Heroes." The above picture caught the joyous expressions on the faces of some of the Mount Airy Graniteer players immediately after they defeated the Galax Leafs to win the Blue Ridge League play-offs at Galax Monday night. Reading from left to right, front row: Teer, King (the winning pitcher), Hall and Zwelling. Second row: Cashier (manager), Nixon, Livingston and Solters
1948 Letter from the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues to Dr. Otis Oliver, President of the Mount Airy Baseball Club1948 Letter from the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues to Dr. Otis Oliver, President of the Mount Airy Baseball Club concerning complaints relative to the attitude of club officials and employees of the Mount Airy Baseball Club toward umpires.