A GREAT view of the field at AT&T Park in Chattanooga during their pre-season open house!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Don Pepper 1966 Detroit Tigers

Don Pepper played for the Tigers, and he spent 1966-1967 playing for the Toledo Mud Hens!

He sent me a note about the Mud Hens.

"I still follow the Toledo Mud Hens and visit usually at least 1x a year."

"We had 2 great years at Toledo winning the Cup 1 year and the pennant the next."


  1. The following was just posted on the Laurel (Ky) County genealgoy/history listserv, and I thought you might be able to tell us the name of the London-based baseball team referred to:

    (Below was posted to the listserv by Patti Smith, psmith11 at columbus.rr.com of Delaware, Ohio):

    I found the below obit for Hiram Owens, son of Benjamin Owens & Mary Johnson. It was published in September, 1961. It mentions that Hiram was a manager of a well-known baseball team in London, Ky. around 1931. I thought this was interesting. Does anyone know of what team it was?

    Friday, September 1, 1961

    Hiram Owens, 84, Called By Death

    Hiram Owens, 84, 4703 Este Ave., Cincinnati, died at 5:55 p.m. Thursday in the home of his grandson, Kenneth Lawson, 48 Tallawanda Court, New Miami, where he had made his home recently.

    Born in Laurel County, Ky., on April 25, 1877, Mr. Owens was the son of Ben and May Johnson Owens. Until his retirement in 1942, he was employed by the L&N Railroad, last as section foreman. He had made his home in Cincinnati
    for most of the last 10 years.

    In 1898 in Laurel County, Ky., he married Amanda Johnson, who died in 1933; in 1935 in Laurel County, Ky., to Ollie Gambrel who died in 1945, and in 1946 to her sister Laura Gambrel in Covington, Ky.

    He was a member of the Eleventh St. Baptist Church in Hamilton. He took an active part in church work during his years in this vicinity. About 30 years ago, he was manager of a well-known baseball team in London, Ky.

    Members of Family

    He leaves his wife, Mrs. Laura Owens; two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Johnson, Hamilton, and Mrs. Cora Lawson, Hamilton; a brother James Owens, Knox County, Ky. [list of several step-children] 14 grandchildren and 28

    A son, Dentis Owens in 1942; a daughter, Mrs. Mayme Jones, in 1922, four sisters and a brother also preceded him in death.

    -- Mike Ross

  2. Thanks for stopping by! I am not sure about this one. I am guessing that he was playing for one of the good amateur local teams at that time. I know The magazine, "Kentucky Explorer" has covered some of those teams. I would research this a bit, but my dad has my KE collection right now.