Untold Stories

Roy Campanella, Dodger Hall of Famer

The following story is excerpted from the autobiography It’s Good to be Alive by Roy Campanella. Campanella (Campy), who is considered one of the greatest catchers in the history of the game, played for the Brooklyn Dodgers until his playing career ended in 1958 when he was paralyzed by an automobile accident. He was inducted […]

Reaching for the Brass Ring: A Portrait of Doan’s 1937 Baseball School

by Mark Blaeuer The following is an attempt, based on available sources, to provide a context for the memories of Col. Albert Wiest, whose article follows mine in this volume. In his article Col. Wiest writes about attending the Ray L. Doan All-Star Baseball School in Hot Springs in 1937.  Hot Springs was still a […]


When the Hot Springs Historical Baseball Trail was opened in 2012, it was planned that more plaques would be added as research continued and additional qualified honorees were identified. So, it is with great pride that the City of Hot Springs announces its two newest inclusions in “The Trail.” They are Hall of Fame sluggers […]

Snappy Aggregations: African-American Baseball in Hot Springs, Arkansas

As Jim Crow laws were enacted in the late 19th century, major league teams began to bar African-American participation, a sad fact that would not change until Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Racial segregation was part of the minor league order, too, and in some areas this injustice persisted for years after […]