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Winston-Salem Cardinals baseball game at Southside Ballpark, 1950.

Winston-Salem Cardinals baseball game at Southside Ballpark, 1950.

Winston-Salem Cardinals baseball game at Southside Ballpark, 1950.

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  1. My Dad ( Frank S Foster, Jr ) played with the Winston Salem Pond Giants, a Black semi-pro baseball team played some games there in the early 50’s. I remember going a few time when I was little. Great pictures.

  2. Thank you, Bernard, for sharing your memories and your comments.

  3. Growing up in Winston in the 40’s & early 50’s, Baseball was game of choice and watching the Cardinals play at Southside was a privileged treat. I will never forget the year Winston won the pennant. Players Names like Ray Jablonski, Earl Weaver, Neal Hartwick and Don Blasingame are forever burned into my memory. Also, I shall never forget the last time I attended a game with my dad, older brother, Bub, and a neighborhood friend, Keith W.. Keith an I were sitting under the covered bleachers behinf third base when rain and darkened skies blew in. At first … it was no big deal, just atypical NC thunder storm. But as the stoem worsened, we became alarmed when we saw all the fences surrounding the outfield began tumbling down… and then all of sudden the roof over our heads tore loose and flew over our heads knocking light poles down on the way to finally settle in the infield. Scared to death I ran to the refuge in a corner of a building that was still standing. Unfortunately, the gutter downspout was missing and too scared to move I took a drenching of huge proportions. I was never so glad to see and hear my older brother calling and waving to me from a distance and we both ran to the safety and comfort of Dad’s old black Fleetwood Chevy.

    Memory tells me that construction of Ernie Shore field began soon after this destructive event.

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