Memory Lane

By , January 4, 2020 7:14 pm

Today I took my son and drove back to Helena Arkansas so he could see where his Great Grandpa and Grandma Bearden lived.  We visited the old house, the ball field and the graveside.  We stopped at Sonic to have a burger and shake like I used to do with my Grandma.  Things haven’t changed much between Memphis and Helena.  Lots of cotton fields, Tunica, closed casinos, MS/Ark bridge and the great Mississippi river.  Grandma and Grandpa lived in Helena proper and not West Helena.  Sad to say Helena proper has seen better days.  Pleasantly enough the last place they lived still appeared to have someone living there and the property was well taken care of.  We made our way to the ball field and it was also a pleasant surprise that it was in pretty nice condition.  The sign could use a coat of paint but all in all my son had a bit of fun there.  Then we stopped by the graveside and took pictures while there.  It was a fine day and I’m glad I had the chance to get my son there.

Ball Field

Arkansas’s Gene Bearden, World Series Hero

By , January 3, 2020 8:13 pm

This is a great article written by Jim Yeager.  Enjoy!

Back Online

By , December 27, 2019 7:08 pm

The site has been down for months due to a crash and I finally got some time off and put my mind to getting it back up.  It was a complete rebuild but it’s back up best I can get it!  Have a great holiday season!

Forgotten Stories of Courage and Inspiration

By , December 27, 2019 6:25 pm

Gene Bearden

Baseball’s Greatest Sacrifice

By , December 27, 2019 6:24 pm

Ballplayers wounded in combat

Remarkable Character – The Purple Heart Game

By , December 27, 2019 5:35 pm

Written by: Paul Dickson

Gene Bearden Stadium

By , December 27, 2019 5:20 pm

Most people don’t know this but Gene (Grandpa) coached baseball for a long long long time in Helena Arkansas where he settled down for the long haul after pro baseball.  This ball field is where it all happened.  I spent many summers on this ball field running around helping and generally really really HOT.  For anybody that’s been in Helena during baseball season (summer) you know what I mean!  It became known as “Gene Bearden Stadium” I believe after he was no longer able to coach the Helena team!  Enjoy!


Rare Color Footage of Satchel Paige and Gene Bearden.

By , December 27, 2019 5:19 pm

I received a message from Lynne Kirste the home movie curator at the Academy Film Archive (Academy Awards) with this link to a very rare color video that has Gene Bearden and Satchel Paige in it.  Many thanks to Lynne for the information.  Enjoy!

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Photo Gallery

By , December 27, 2019 5:16 pm

I’ve just completed a rather extensive update to the content on the site.  It took me about 2 weeks to finish but I’ve scanned in the lion’s share of a prized photo album that was handed down to me from my Mother.  I’m about to have a child myself and thought if I don’t get to it now I might never get to it.  These images are of baseball, movies, articles, well wishes from fans and family.  Click on the Photo Gallery drop-down pages above.  I recommend using the “View with PicLens” option because it sizes the picture right for your screen.   I hope you enjoy them!

Was Gene Bearden the only left-handed knuckleball pitcher to pitch in a World Series game?

By , December 27, 2019 5:15 pm

Perhaps, depending on your definition of knuckleball.

Clarence Mitchell appeared twice (in 1920 for Brooklyn and in 1928 for St. Louis), in a long relief role in each case. Mitchell probably threw more of a knuckle-curve than what today is deemed a knuckleball, but it was called a knuckleball at the time.

Bearden, on the other hand, threw both a knuckleball (using the middle three fingertips of his pitching hand on top of the ball) and a spike curve (using the bent middle finger of his pitching hand on the ball). The Sporting News had illustrations of his grips in the issue that covered the World Series in 1948.

More recent left-handed knuckleball pitchers had some success in the major leagues–notably Mickey Haefner in the 1940s and Wilbur Wood in the 1960s and 1970s–but never made it to the playoffs.

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