Nathan Mathis Will Work for ALL Citizens Regardless of Race or Financial Status
In 1955 "Little League Baseball" issued a franchise to the Cannon Street YMCA in Charleston, South Carolina. When it was time for tournament play to begin Cannon Street chose an All-Star team as did the other 61 leagues. All the players on the other 61 teams were white and all players on Cannon Street were black.
Danny Jones was South Carolina director for Little League Baseball and he wrote "Little League" a letter and asked for separate tournaments to be held for white children and another for black children. "Little League" denied Mr. Jones' request and he led a boycott so all the 61 teams refused to play Cannon Street and Cannon Street was declared State Champions without playing a game. The Klu Klux Klan held one of the largest rallies ever in Charleston in protest of Cannon Street being named champions. Mr. Jones then was successful in getting all southern states to withdraw from "Little League" and created a new league, "Dixie Youth Baseball" which played their first games in 1956.
"Little League Baseball" refused to allow Cannon Street to play in the Little League World Series. They did allow them to take the field once and each player on Cannon Street was introduced as guests but they were never allowed to play a game.
Newton/Wicksburg Dixie Youth League President Nathan Mathis and board members Freddy Harden, Shellie Hanks, and Terry Bowden adopted the rule that Newton/Wicksburg would let ALL children play regardless of whether rich or poor, black or white.
Due to that policy, Newton/Wicksburg's players Charlie Lester Jr. and Gerald Johnson became the first two black children to play Dixie Youth Baseball.
Paid for by Nathan Mathis for Congress Campaign, 503 Sharpie Road, Newton, AL 36352