Column: Cardboard Encapsulation of Chilton County’s Professional Sports Stars
Published 12:52 p.m. Friday October 21, 2022
By Carey Reeder | Staff writer
Nothing describes the life of a professional athlete better than a trading card. Players’ entire careers, where they came from and how they got there is all in one place. It’s more exciting when the athlete comes from the same city as you do.
I collected cards when I was younger but strayed from it in high school and early college. In the summer of 2020, I inherited my grandfather’s collection of baseball, football, and basketball cards from the 1960’s to early 2000’s. I now had thousands of cards from hundreds of different sets, and my love for trading cards was back.
The more I delved into trading cards, the more interesting I became that there were cards made by players from cities around me. During a college internship, I met a family with two brothers, Al and Frank Lary, who played Major League Baseball. I wrote an article about their lives and as I started collecting cards again I realized they might have some cards – and I was right. I found a 1961 Topps Frank Lary card in a box full of cards at an antique market in central Ohio.
when i started The Clanton Advertiser in february one of the first things i looked at was professional athletes from the area and if they had any tickets. Two Clanton names emerged from MLB, Clay Carroll and Jackie Hayes. Much has been written about the two Clanton players, but I was more interested in their cards.
According to the Trading Card Database website, Carroll had 79 cards made with his likeness. Several cards date from his playing days in the 1960s and 1970s, but a few more recent cards are scattered throughout modern sets. Hayes has 18 cards, but his are spread out over several years.
In the National Football League, Maplesville produced two NFL athletes, Tommie Agee and Harold Morrow. Both players also have trading cards. Agee has 16 cards ever made from 1988-1993 and Morrow has six cards from 1997-2002.
While I don’t have any of their cards, I’m interested to see if anyone in the Chilton County community has any and would be happy to bring them to the office to share. I’m also in the process of making a list of all four players’ cards. From there I’m hoping to track down some of the must have cards The Clanton Advertiser Office for other baseball nuts or sports historians.
I think it would be really nice to have a small collection of the professional sports stars that have made their mark in Chilton County and give all residents a chance to see them for themselves.