Learn more about the history of baseball in Anderson
“Lintheads,” the workers who were the heart and soul of the textile industry, made baseball their own. Baseball became an integral part of life in the mill villages. By the 1880s, mill villages and their surrounding towns were enthusiastically supporting their local baseball teams.
Regularly scheduled games were played between Anderson, Belton, Honea Path, Due West, Piedmont, Pelzer, Williamston and Calhoun Falls. Much of the early attention to amateur baseball in South Carolina focused on teams sponsored by towns and communities rather than mills. However, that changed with the rise of Piedmont native Champ Osteen, whose popularity brought attention to the outstanding play of the mill teams and helped to bring some respectability to the residents of the mill villages.