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Sunday Baseball
Will Start May 16
At Red Springs
By Tom Cope

   MAXTON AIR BASE ----Sunday baseball will be available to the citizens and Service Men in the vicinity of Red Springs this coming season. Through the cooperation of the Maxton Air Base and local Red Robins baseball a team to be known as the Flying Robins will play every Sunday in the Robins park in Red Springs.  A strong schedule with the leading ; teams in the. state has been arranged with the 508th Parachute Inf. of Camp Mackall coming here May 16th (Sunday) to open the season. Colonel A. Y. Pitts, commanding officer of the Maxton Air Base, will throw out the first ball. and the Maxton Air Base Band will furnish the music for the flag raising ceremonies which will be in charge of the local American Legion Post.
   With 9 members of last year's team now in service the Red Robins were unable to place a team on the field so a plan has been worked out with the Maxton Air Base to furnish the majority of the players and the Red Robins to furnish the equipment and park  to have a team .be known is the Flying Robins. There are a large  number of 'former professional players now stationed at Maxton and the. Flying Robins are expected to put a very strong team on the field. Practice is being held under the-direction of Lt. M. K. Davis of the Maxton Athletic Office and Red Norriss local Robins manager. Sunday May 16th will find Sergeant Olsen, of Maxton,. former Pacific Coast League star, pitching, and Jimmy Maus former Piedmont League Star behind the plate for the Robins

[The Robesonian (Lumberton, North Carolina) Mon, May 10, 1943 Page 2]

Jumpmaster Note:  Maxton air base is now inactive, It was approximately 60 miles southwest off Camp Mackall.  When active during World War II it served as an I Troop Carrier Command training airfield.

Robins Will Play Strong Parachute
Team Next Saturday

Defeated Team From Ft. Bragg Last Sunday at Red Springs

By Tom Cope

   Red Springs, June 2 --- Before an overflow crowd the Flying Red Robins unloosed their big bats to slug out an 8 to 5 victory over the 203rd Field Artillery of Fort Bragg here in Red Springs Sunday.    Lee Leichellie, centerfielder for the Robins, with 2 home runs and a single led the Robins hitting.  Upchurch, Maus and Chester also had 2 hits each to their credit.
  The Robins strengthened by the addition of 2 new pitchers Lefty Bledsoe and Slim Watson veteran Semi-Pro performers and the return of shortstop Al Ceratoe are taking some of the strongest competition in the state, playing the strong 508th Parachute Inf. of Camp Mackall here in Red Springs next Sunday afternoon in Robins Park.  Lefty Bledsoe will be on the mound for the Robins.

[The Robesonian (Lumberton, North Carolina) Wed, Jun 2, 1943 Page 6] [PDF]

TO THE VICTORS went the trophy at Camp Mackall as the 508th Parachute Regiment ball club accepted the post cup after defeating the 135th Quartermaster Co in the league playoffs. Pictured are Sgt Charles Touzinsky, captain of the 1351h team, Capt Gene Sites commanding officer of the 135th, Lt Alfred Dodd post athletic officer and Lt Francis Bolger 508th athletic officer who accepted the cup. And do you recognize the feller in the lower right-hand corner'? Yep, it's Sgt Lefty Brewer, the former Hornet pitcher (U S Army Signal Corps photo)

[The Charlotte News, Charlotte, NC, 20 Jul 1943, Tue, Page 13]