A Decade Of Baseball
with the Columbus Merchants
by Julian Piercefield
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booklet is a re-published and updated version of a similar brochure
distributed and sold by the Columbus Merchant Baseball Team in 1952. Its
author, Julian Piercefield, a team member, put the brochure together while
a part time player with the team. At the time he was serving his second
year with the U.S. Army at Camp Breckinridge, KY.
original format, even the original cover and advertisements (as redrawn)
have been redone as in 1952. Only advertisers no longer in business are
replicated here. The original group was composed of: Myers Sporting Goods
Co., Lindsay's, Paul & Rudy's Mobil Service, Saps Bakery, and Dalton
& Payne. There contributions paid for the "stencils" and
required paper for printing.
1945 - 1952 Stats have been faithfully recopied from the fine dedicated
work of Bobby Wissman, the Merchant team's scorer over the years. Bobby's
dependable and accurate endeavors for the team (and many others) were,
perhaps, under-appreciated. He did excellent work, and suffered through
many games of "pleading" from players that... "Bobby - -
come on - that was a hit!". Bobby would rarely relent, tho he
would seek advice. A good friend to all players he scored for! His records
for 1952, '53 and '54 were not located, thus these records and stats were
retrieved from stories and box scores published in the then Evening
Republican, now the Republic.
author, a player from 1945 thru 1952, experienced a many and varied life
style associated with sports. He was Sports Director for WCSI-FM in
Columbus from 1947 to 1953 when the station closed. He became an IHSAA
official in basketball and football, working a major schedule for 10 years
and officiating in 7 State Tournament basketball events. He held all
offices with the Columbus Municipal Golf Club. He was its President when
the Golf Club petitioned City officials for considerations from a proposed
sewer project through the golf course. Subsequent meetings directed by the
City led to led Cummins Engine Co. involvement and the construction of
Otter Creek Golf Course. When he moved to Indianapolis he continued
participation in his Golf Club, Hillcrest C.C as Secretary 1980-83 and
Little League Baseball, Upon early retirement in 1988 (after 41 years with
Indiana Gas Co.) he immediately became involved with the State Golf
Association as a Scorer (calligraphy). This led to an annual schedule of 6
to 8 events on the Professional Golf Tours. In 1994 he was selected to
Score for the U. S. Senior Open Championship at Denver, CO. Next, he
worked the USGA's Open Championships and Senior Opens in 1995, '96 and
'97. This activity ceased when an "atrial-fib" problem was
discovered as he scored the Open at Oakland Hills in Detroit.
Since then his
attention and interest has returned to baseball, with (1) this effort, (2)
plotting and planning a "Fantasy" team with his son in Florida,
and (3) watching with grandfatheriy pride, his grandson's advancement in
baseball to his current college level.
He has long enjoyed statistics and re-doing this
project has been a joy. Except, perhaps, the columnar typing.....shades of
the 50's Army Morning-reports. Miss Butler (HS typing teacher) should see
him now...... improved only by the technology of the computer. Enjoy and
reminisce these stats from a FEW years ago.