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Mike Watson: 1912 Baseball Champions from Russell Creek Academy

Romie Judd, a native of Adair County, was a teacher at Russell Creek Academy, now Campbellsville University, in 1912. A search of old Adair County News files tells of the RCA team coming to Columbia and beating two local teams, and of Mr. Judd's ascension to the Knoxville Baseball Club in April 1912
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By Mike Watson

The accompanying photograph, dated to 1912, was printed in the Adair County News or the Daily Statesman some 40 to 45 years ago. The caption identified the players as: Romie Judd, Merlin Wood, Burley Young, Oscar Hartfield, (???) Smith, Ernest Skaggs, and Jim Tom Richerson, Dempsey Beard, W.W. Webster, Garnett Graves, teacher and team manager: Rollin Cundiff, Forest Feather, and Dr. Burr Atkinson.


The team sported Russell Creek Academy uniforms, as they represented the Russell Creek Baptist Academy, the fore-runner of Campbellsville University.

Romie Judd, a teacher and native of Adair County, was teaching at RCA in 1912. I am not certain, but it appears the photo was taken in front of the old gym on campus at Campbellsville.

Researching the Adair County News of 1912, there was much talk of baseball, but few mentions of the RCA team and none on championship games.

The following was on the front page, 10 April 1912: "A baseball team from the Russell's Creek Baptist Academy, Campbellsville, was here last Saturday and played two games in the afternoon. It first engaged the Lindsey-Wilson club, defeating it 15 to 3. The second game was against the town club, which terminated in favor of the visiting team, 8 to 3. Wilson, who belongs to the Southern League, Nashville, pitched for the Campbellsville boys, and Romie Judd and Will Young, of Columbia, also played for the visiting team."

There were several instances in which "Will" Young was mentioned in connection with Mr. Judd, both former students of LWTS, and Will Young was a student at RCA in 1912. Will Young and Burley Young may have been one and the same. I would much like to hear from anyone who knows, either way.

The 10 April 1912 issue of the News also stated that Prof. Judd had signed with the Knoxville Baseball Club and would leave for that city in a few weeks. - Mike Watson


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2012-09-02 - Russell Creek Academy, Campbellsville, KY - Photo from Collection of Mike Watson. Mike Watson writes This photograph, dated to 1912, was printed in the Adair County News or the Daily Statesman some 40 to 45 years ago. The caption identified them as follows, front row: Romie Judd, Merlin Wood, Burley Young, Oscar Hartfield, (???) Smith, Ernest Skaggs, and Jim Tom Richerson, back row, from left: Dempsey Beard, W.W. Webster, Garnett Graves, teacher and team manager: Rollin Cundiff, Forest Feather, and Dr. Burr Atkinson. - Mike Watson
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