Yesterday: Yadkin community’s ball club from mid 1920s

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 31, 2012

Betty Lanning of Salisbury submitted this photograph she found in an old suitcase. It shows the Yadkin community’s ball club from 1925 or 1926, according to some research done by her late husband, Tommy Lanning. Before Tommy Lanning died 12 years ago, he did some digging to come up with a few of the ballplayers’ names. His father, Walter ‘Sheriff’ Lanning is among them. Walter Lanning is the last person on the right in the back row. Others identified by Tommy Lanning were front row, left to right, Fred Young, unknown, Jimmy Gaye and Van Buren Rickard. Back row, left to right, are Roy Talley, Arthur Dennis, ‘Mr. Coble,’ unknown and Walter Lanning. The bat boy in front might be Loyd Dennis, but Tommy Lanning left a question mark next to his name. The Yadkin community once flourished next to the Yadkin River along today’s U.S. 29. Betty Lanning said the Yadkin ball park was ‘across the railroad,’ and the men also had a bowling team. ‘It was real active back in those days,’ she says.