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The Lovelace/Loveless Family in America Part Five

The Lovelace/Loveless Family in America Part Five

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Published by T.J. White
Continuing the previous discussion of the ancestry and descendants of Capt. James Albert "Jim" Loveless of Georgia.
Continuing the previous discussion of the ancestry and descendants of Capt. James Albert "Jim" Loveless of Georgia.

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The children of Martha ―Mattie‖ Lovelace and Thomas Tucker ―T.T.‖ Alexander:
 James William "Bill" Alexander
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He was born in August, 1869 in Tennessee,and died some time after 1939.
He was called variously by the nicknames "Willie" ―Bill‖and ―Alec‖.
A future project is to try to track down his vital statistics.He married the former
 Lula Reed 
, probably in Cobb County, Georgia, ca. 1890. She wasborn in October 1869 in Georgia, a daughter of William and Mary Reed.
―Bill‖ Alexander later (1895) moved with his family to Dallas, Texas, and was a
successful minor-league baseball player, at one time for the "Oil City Oilers", theCorsicana (Dallas, Texas) team, which was part of the "Texas League".
Bill‘s son Walt
Alexander also played baseball, for five years (1912-1917), for the major-league St.LouisBrowns and the New York Yankees [q.v.].Here follows a reprint of an article from the internet (detailing events of the 1902 season),which can be found at the sitehttp://www.attheyard.com/InRetrospect/article_699.shtml :1902: Corsicana's Finest Hour, by Brad Del BarbaCorsicana's player-manager Big Mike O'Connor.The details are as fuzzy as the images left behind, but the record stands forall to admire. The year was 1902 and the Texas league reinventeditself with six clubs taking stock in the Class D circuit. With the "oilboom" sweeping through the Longhorn State, J. Doak Roberts saw theopportunity to bring professional baseball to Corsicana.Armed with oil money, Roberts enlisted veteran manager Big MikeO'Connor to guide the Oil City Oilers for their inaugural campaign. TheOilers would feature future major-league infielders J. Walter Morris andHunter Hill, along with the league's top hurler, William "Lucky" Wright.Texas League veterans from an earlier era, Ike Pendleton and thirdbaseman George Markey, also graced the roster.The Oilers grabbed an early lead in the standings, as fans crowded into OilCity Park, situated on the south side of town. Along the way onemiscalculation on Roberts' behalf arose, as the owner mistakenlyscheduled a game against [the] Texarkana ["Casketmkers"] on Sunday,June 15 [1902]. Local "blue laws" prohibited most businesses fromoperation on Sundays, leaving the owner in a quandary.After taking inventory of options, Roberts found that Ennis, a town 35miles to the north, had a ballpark and no blue laws. With the promise of a
 
split gate, Texarkana and Corsicana played in a ballpark that saw the right-field foul pole reach a distance reported to be anywhere from 140 feet to210 feet from the home plate.Taking the mound for the Casketmakers was a pitcher named DeWitt, whowas either the owner of the Texarkana club or the owner's son, as reportsare sketchy. Nevertheless, DeWitt took the mound in what was to be thegreatest whipping in Texas League history.The star of the day turned out to be catcher Jay Justin Clarke, a 19-year-old Canadian who dark complexion led to his un-politically correctnickname of "Nig." The left-handed swinger found the cozy conditions atthe Ennis ballpark much to his liking, as Clarke enjoyed one of the biggestoffensive days ever in the history of minor league ball.Clarke's outburst included EIGHT home runs in eight at-bats, as thecatcher drove in anywhere from 16 to 20 runs on the day, according tovarious reports. Legend has it that a wealthy cattleman came out of thestands and pressed a $50 bill into Clarke's hand, while the traditionalpassing of the hat which accompanied home runs netted $185 for theyoung slugger that day.
Corsicana's Bill Alexander
and Pendleton each reportedly collected eighthits in the game, while Malarkey and player-manager O'Connor bothscored seven runs. At the end of the titanic struggle that lasted a reportedtwo hours and 10 minutes, Corsicana routed Texarkana, 51-3!While no box scores can accurately determine the validity of the day,former Texas League historian William Ruggles substantiated the claimsin a series of interviews. Clarke confirmed the account, as the day was hisgreatest of his 25-year playing career, which included nine seasons in themajors.Corsicana would proceed to finish the season 86-22, capturing first placeby a whopping 28-1/2 games ahead of the second-place Dallas Griffins.The Oilers established Texas League team records for most runs (51), hits(53), singles (26) and home runs (21) in the drubbing. Clarke's records forhome runs and RBIs still stand as individual marks that will most likelynever be equaled.Though the Corsicana franchise would eventually fold following the 1905season, history was made on June 15, 1902, enabling the Oilers and JayJustin Clarke to live atop the annals in Texas League history.[emphasis added]
 
Another web-site, athttp://www.minorleaguebaseball.com/app/milb/history/top100.jsp?idx=51 while relating essentially the same account as given above, also provides a little morebiographical detail concerning James William "Bill" Alexander, in addition to a 1902photograph of him with his team-mates (shown below):He played second base (mainly) and sometimes doubledas catcher. He "played 15 seasons with nine teams andholds the Texas League record for the longest spanbetween his first and last appearances, 34 years (1895,1929)." In the 1902 season mentioned above (with theOil City Oilers of Corsicana), his stats were as follows:"position: second base, catcher," "GP: 42," "battingaverage: .250" In the 1902 game described above, hehad one home run and eight hits. His team-matesreferred to him as "Alec" Alexander. In the abovephoto, we are not yet sure which one of the men is him.From the above stats, a basic outline of his career is observable: He moved to Texas andbegan his career in 1895 at the age of 26 (his last child had been born in Marietta inApril, 1894); His last appearance as a professional ball player in a game was in 1929,when he was at the astonishing age of 60!I am in possession of a photograph of him some ten years later, in 1939 (when he wouldhave been seventy). The occasion was perhaps the death and funeral of his brother Dr.Omer R. Alexander in Marietta, Georgia. The photograph is a group photo, including thethen-retired Bill Alexander, two unidentified ladies presumed to be his wife and adaughter, his sister Lillie May (Alexander) McConnell, and his half-sister Hattie(Alexander) Dobbins. The printed date on the reverse side is "February 28, 1939". In thephotograph, he is tall and lanky, with his hands crossed in front of his belt-line, and bearsmore than a passing resemblance to my Dad and even to myself 
 — 
which is interesting,considering our rather remote relationship from him. Note also the strong resemblancehe bears both to his late uncle, Evan Loveless, and to his (Bill
s) nephew Jack G. Kelly.Nothing of Bill Alexander is known at present after this 1939 photograph was taken.
1902 Corsicana team
 

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