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A league of their own: The North Biloxi Speedies ruled supreme in 1932-33

The playground leagues of the 1930s were the forerunner of today’s junior and little leagues.
The playground leagues of the 1930s were the forerunner of today’s junior and little leagues.

Pictured in 1933 is the North Biloxi (present day D’Iberville) Speedies softball team, a part of the Biloxi Girls’ Playground league that formed in 1932.

The Speedies were practically unstoppable as they battled their way through an outstanding season and won the 1932-1933 championship.

Team members standing left to right: Inez Fountain (Parker), third base; Euna Fountain (Creel), pitcher; Irene Boney (Quave), first base; Dorothy Fountain (Krause), second base; Vera Seymour (Ramsey), first field; and Carrie Seymour (Cannan), short stop. Kneeling left to right: Josephine Trochesett (Lamey), catcher; Doris Ferguson (Kasovich), substitute. Seated are Juanita Fountain, center field, and Audrey Letort (Pawnell), right field.

Amazingly, Inez Fountain Parker is still living at the age of 99. Members not pictured are Oneida Fountain (Parker), right field, and Inez Trochesett (Talley), left field. The Speedies took on league teams from Bay St. Louis to Mobile. One fever-pitched game between the victorious Speedies and Mobile drew a crowd of over 1,500.

After the spectacular season of 1932-33 the North Biloxi Speedies are not mentioned in the Daily Herald newspaper until 1947. A few sports columns at year reported softball games between the North Biloxi Speedies and the d’Iberville [sic] Speedies.

Murella H. Powell, a local historian, writes the weekly Flashback column. Do you have a local photograph to submit to Flashback? It can be of any subject or event in the Coast’s distant or recent past. Please send a description with your name, address and daytime phone number to Flashback, the Sun Herald, P.O. Box 4567, Biloxi MS 39535; or call 896-2424; or email living@sunherald.com.

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