Cloverleafs to welcome heroes of the diamond

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 16, 2002

The Selma Cloverleafs have spent a good deal of their season up until now on the road, traveling many miles to take on opponents within their league. But on June 25, the Leafs are back in town, and they’re here to stay for a while.

The management of the Selma Cloverleafs knows how hard extended road trips can be, so the team is coming back to an immense celebration of the revival of professional baseball in Selma.

“The Cloverleafs are bringing baseball back to Selma after a 40-year absence,” said Cloverleafs managing partner Noopie Cosby. “We believe that the current homestand gives Selma an opportunity to welcome the Leafs back home–not just from an extended road trip in the Southeastern League, but from a four-decade break from professional baseball. We want to welcome home not just the current Leafs team, but Selma baseball heroes from all eras, and those heroes will be honored along with our new Leafs on June 25.”

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The management of the Cloverleafs is trying to welcome our past and current heroes of the diamond with a reunion celebration set for Tuesday, June 25 at Bloch Park.

Already, several Cloverleaf stars from the championship teams of the late 1950s and early 1960s have confirmed their plans to attend or send correspondence to the reunion ceremonies. Tom Dooling, a star pitcher on the pennant-winning 1959 Selma Cloverleaf team that sent five starters on to the major leagues, will be at the game. He will be joined by several other Leaf family members and support personnel from baseball’s Golden Era.

All persons in Selma and the surrounding area who played a part with the Cloverleafs in their previous stint in Selma are asked to make contact with the current team management so that the Selma Cloverleafs can honor our Cloverleaf Alumni. If you were involved with the Leafs in any capacity, including bat boys, Knothole Gang members, press, players, family of deceased players, or management, please contact the Cloverleafs at 334-877-0809, 334-875-7244, or fax them at 334-875-4974.