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Yesterday: The 1949 Landis Spinners

Dr. Randy Lassiter of China Grove provided this copy of a photograph of the 1949 Landis Spinners, a Class D minor league baseball team that belonged to the N.C. State League. Lassister says the Spinners were born in 1935 and from 1937-50 were affiliated with three different major league teams: the Senators, Cardinals and Dodgers. After 1950, he reports, the team was sold to a carpet company in Elkin. During its run in Landis, the team was owned by Linn-Corriher Mills. This photograph apparently was taken in front of the Landis grandstand. Rowan Museum Inc. is planning a June 16 special event, ‘Batter Up: A Salute to Southern Rowan Baseball,’ to be held from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the China Grove Roller Mill, 308 N. Main St., China Grove. The day’s proceeds go toward operating expenses and maintenance of the roller mill. Sponsorships are available. For more information on how to contribute or on the day itself, contact the Rowan Museum at 704-633-5946. The exhibit on baseball will be housed at the roller mill into the fall.

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