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Play Ball: 1912

Play Ball: 1912

May 1912. "Some of the boys working in the Saxon Mill. Spartanburg, South Carolina." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

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Cotton Lung

Byssinosis, or, "Brown Lung Disease"... I wonder how many of these kids (and the other lint-covered millworker urchins pictured on Shorpy) died from it.

Ty Cobb fan.

The boy right front wears his shirt just as Cobb wore his, collar up, top buttoned.

Textile Mill Baseball

As textile mills moved to the South (primarily North and South Carolina) after the Civil War, nearly every mill had a baseball team. Shoeless Joe Jackson played for a mill team in Greenville, SC. Anyone Googling "textile mill baseball" will be taken aback at the number of "hits" that will be found.

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