We’re a baseball family. For better or for worse, we root for the Atlanta Braves while my sister’s family cheers for the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox. When my nephews were playing, their dad coached Pony league ball and travel ball, and now he coaches the high school team. Our daughter played fast pitch softball in Little League, travel ball, and high school. My cousin Glenn was a collector of baseball memorabilia and even paid for his 3 daughters’ braces just selling baseball cards. As we say in the South, “We’re eat up with it.”
So to have a professional ballplayer in the family is a big deal.
Arthur Henry “Woody” Woodring is no one famous. I didn’t know him either, but he was married to my great-aunt Velma Davis.
So, what about that baseball career? Why wasn’t he listed in the 1930 census? I’m going to guess Woody was traveling, playing ball somewhere.
Judging by his uniform, he played baseball for the Shenandoah Indians, one of the top teams in the Shenandoah Valley League, which was started in 1923.
I wish I could identify his teammates.
Look at that glove. Was he a catcher?
These people look authoritative. My guess is a manager and umpire.
Today the SVL is funded by Major League Baseball as part of the National Alliance of College Summer Baseball, an association of 8 summer leagues. To date the league has produced over 1000 major league baseball players.
|Shenandoah Ball Park 1951|
Image scanned from Shenandoah:
A History of Our Town and Its People
Unfortunately, I don’t know the particulars of Woody’s career except that it didn’t last. Maybe the Depression got in the way.
My mother always remembered Velma and Woody as “the fun ones” in the family. They didn’t have kids of their own, but they enjoyed entertaining their niece and nephew.
|Woody and Uncle Orvin Jr.|
It seems throughout his life, Woody enjoyed all kinds of sports including hunting and fishing.