Joplin Globe caption: Here are shown Purcell’s Home League baseball champions for 1953, the team completing the season with 19 wins and 6 defeats. Purcell won the title by taking two straight from Alba in the playoff. Players shown here are: 

(KNEELING) Bill Pyle, 2b; Bill Drake, ss; Homer Scott, cf; George (Babe) Garrison, p and 1b; Johnny Garrison, 1b and of; Charley Jones, cf.

(STANDING) Clifford Manes, manager; Jim Wynne, c; John Norman, p; Vernon Pryor, of, and Jim Fullmer, 3b.

Team members not present were Charles Nealy, of; Bill Toutz, 2b and of; and Johnny Doolen, p. (Photo Hampstein Service, Webb City.)

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From the 3rd floor
of the Webb City Public Library

Purcell team recruited players, won its own Home League championship in 1953

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

The Purcell Home League was active in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1964 the league consisted of six teams: Redings Mills, Seneca, Granby, Treece (Kan.), Medoc and Purcell. Homer Scott was the team manager.

A notice in The Joplin Globe on March 29, 1951, stated that practice would start at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon on the Purcell field. There was no age limit and district players were invited to try out for the Purcell team.

Note the advertisement in the picture above for Asbury Garage, an apparent Chevrolet dealership that used to be in Asbury, Mo.

Sentinel bound volumes are now in the Genealogy Room

The WCAGS has accepted ownership of the complete collection of bound volumes of the Webb City Sentinel, from 1983 (after the fire) until the final issue on Dec. 30, 2020.

Those issues can also be viewed on microfilm, along with much older issues.

Webb City Area Genealogical Society

WCAGS members staff the Genealogy Room on the third floor of the Webb City Public Library. Current hours are noon to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month in the Genealogy Room.

Everything you want to know about Jasper County Missouri Schools is available at a site compiled by Webb City Area Genealogical Society member Kathy Sidenstricker.