Rare video: Chattanooga Lookouts Opening Day, 1939!

The scene:  Ponce De Leon Park in Atlanta, April 1939.  Opening Day in the minor league baseball world was a big deal!  There was no game at your fingertips each evening, no southern major league team, no SportsCenter.  The biggest game in town was your local minor league team.  The Lookouts opened their season against the Atlanta Crackers.  A ballpark full of fans dressed in their Sunday best.  Pre-game bands, singers, baton twirlers.  The biggest name in sports (golfer Bobby Jones) swinging at the ceremonial first pitch.  Lookouts owner Joe Engel brought along the Knothole Gang from Chattanooga.  And it’s all narrated by an unknown announcer with an accent dripping with Southern sweet tea.  Enjoy this rare video from 74 years ago!

About David Carroll

David Carroll is a longtime Chattanooga radio and TV broadcaster, and has anchored the evening news on WRCB-TV since 1987. He is the author of "Chattanooga Radio & Television" published by Arcadia.

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