On the back row standing. Left to right:
Milford Shook, Eugene Massey, Frank Boyte, Butch
Upchurch, John Griffin, Chester Kirk, and Cecil Bondurant.
Sitting left to right:
Ismael Johnson, James Burnett, Cotton Madden, and Sam Upchurch
Names supplied by James Strum & Ray Massey
My father was Howard Eugene (Gene) Massey. He is standing 2nd from the
left with the baseball in his right hand. I think this photo was taken
around 1947 or so because I was born in 1945 and I have another photo of
my dad wearing the same uniform when I was about 2 years old. On the
uniform shirt is the letter C with cm for Corsicana Cotton Mill.
Thanks... Ray Massey
I have a definitive date for the picture of the Cotton Mill baseball team.
The attached picture was taken at the same time as the one you have on the web
The only difference in the two is that in the back row John Griffin and
Butch Upchurch have exchanged places.
The photo is from the Corsicana
Semi-Weekly Light, Tuesday, October 24, 1939.
The annotated caption is as follows:
The Corsicana Cotton Millers won the 1939-title in the Corsicana YMCA sponsored
Navarro County Baseball league by finishing the season with twelve straight
victories. The Millers defeated the Magnolia Refiners in the titular series.
Front row, left to right: J. Johnson [Ishmel Johnston], third base; J. Burnett
[James Burnett], centerfield; C. Madden [Elvin "Cotton" Madden], right field; S.
Upchurch [Sam Upchurch], catcher. Back row, left to right, M. Shook [Milford
Shook], second base (manager); G.
Massey [Eugene Massey], shortstop; F. Boyte [Frank Boyte], business manager; J.
Griffin [John Griffin], ex-manager; B. Upchurch ["Butch" Upchurch], pitcher;
Kirk [Chester Kirk], left field; C. Bondurant [Cecil Bondurant], first base.
John Barron - Apr 10, 2006