Mineola Black Spiders
Vernon Klingaman, who moved to Texas in the late 1920s, settling in Mineola, soon became involved with the team. He expanded the roster, opening it to non-residents, and changed the name to the Texas Black Spiders. In 1932, the players departed Mineola for the Midwest, becoming a barnstorming team, staging exhibition games in various locations. That year, the team underwent a name change, becoming the mason city black bats. They headquartered in Iowa, though most members would return to the spiders’ squad, while others moved back to Texas.
The Black Spiders gained a reputation as being one
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16321.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Sports.
Location. 32° 39.412′ N, 95° 29.418′ W. Marker is in Mineola, Texas, in Wood County. Marker is at the intersection of South Pacific Street (U.S. 69) and South Johnson Street, on the right when traveling south on South Pacific Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: South Pacific Street, Mineola TX 75773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Mineola Black Spiders (here, next to this marker); John Creighton Buchanan (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); George C. Reeves (about 600 feet away); Dr. Adolphus Leander Patten (about 600 feet away); Robert N. StaffordRichard Malcolm Smith (approx. 0.2 miles away); Addie E. McFarland (approx. ¼ mile away); Mineola Ice, Light and Water Company (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mineola.
Also see . . . Stephen F. Austin State University on Early East Texas Baseball & The Mineola Black Spiders. (Submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 5, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.