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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Any info on the Chicago Mills?

Hi there,

My name is Jennifer and I am trying to search for any information on the Chicago Mills baseball team from the 30’s into the early 40’s. My late grandfather (Ralph Miller Billows) was a member of this team and I trying to do some research, to get any information possible on his playing time. Unfortunately, I don’t know the years he played as I only have an old photograph to work from. If you could help direct me to a location where I could find information on this team I would truly appreciate it. I would love to be able to put something together for Christmas for my grandmother. 

Any help you could give would be truly appreciated.

Thank you,
Jennifer Billows

Please reply to her directly at msmapper1@yahoo.com, and let us know here too if you come up with anything interesting . . .

I received the following note today, can any of you help?

——-Original Message——-
From: msmapper1@yahoo.com [mailto:msmapper1@yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 11:38 AM
Subject: The Chicago Mills

Hi there,

My name is Jennifer and I am trying to search for any information on the Chicago Mills baseball team from the 30’s into the early 40’s. My late grandfather (Raplh Miller Billows)was a member of this team and I trying to do some research, to get any information possible on his playing time. Unfortunately, I don’t know the years he played as I only have an old photograph to work from. If you could help direct me to a location where I could find information on this team I would truly appreciate it. I would love to be able to put something together for christmas for my grandmother. 

Any help you could give would be truly appreciated.

Thank you,
Jennifer Billows

Please reply to her directly at msmapper1@yahoo.com, and let us know here too if you come up with anything interesting . . .

JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: November 10, 2005 at 02:06 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: November 10, 2005 at 02:10 AM (#1725885)
Hot topics . . .
   2. GGC Posted: November 10, 2005 at 02:56 AM (#1725924)
Couldn't find anything on Billows via Proquest but the Mills were a Chicago semi-pro outfit that played teams like the House of David, Negro League teams, and Illinois-Wisconsin League teams. I found about 75 articles on them from 1932 or so to 1940. That's the Chicago Tribune. I'm not sure if any of the other Chicago papers had more coverage on them.
   3. JoeD has the Imperial March Stuck in His Head Posted: November 11, 2005 at 02:50 AM (#1727382)
Thanks for taking some time GGC!
   4. GGC Posted: November 11, 2005 at 04:26 AM (#1727431)
My pleasure. ProQuest is a blast and it's alot easier to use it than it is to go to some library and go through old microfilms. All I have access to around here is basically the NYT and local Connecticut papers.
   5. Paul Wendt Posted: November 11, 2005 at 06:02 PM (#1727972)
Before 1950, I get 38 hits for "chicago mills" in the Chicago Defender, National Edition, a black weekly. It looks like 31 of them are 1937-1940 baseball stories. The earliest hit is 1937 although the digital collection appears to be complete from 1935 (with only a few issues 1905-1934, for now).

None of the baseball stories turns up when I include "billows" or "billow" or "bellows" or "ralph" in the search.

--
The earliest baseball hit is 1937 May 8, dateline Memphis May 7.
"[Chicago American] Giants Invade Memphis' Park"

The "Probable Lineups" for opening day in Memphis, a twin bill, include 11 men for each team, 8 plus 3 pitchers (all batting ninth).

". . . The opening game will perhaps see Willie Foster, brother of the immortal Rube, . . .
The Chicago nine has been working in this vicinity for the past several weeks [spring training] but returned home last week to open their own home season with the Chicago Mills, a strong white team."

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