Category: Oh Snap!

Career advice

Press Box Graphic from 1936

Above is The Press Box graphic from 1934. I hope to share more graphics from The Press Box column as it changed throughout the years.

But I liked the following was a tidbit in the December 30, 1934, Press Box column from The Bluefield Daily Telegraph:


“Correct this sentence: “Son,” said the newspaperman and father. “I hope you will choose an easy job like sport writing.”

I think we might have a double entrendre on our hands, especially with the teasers that follow:


Whether it was sport writing or sports writing, Stubby made good sports out of all.


What happens when the Poet Laureate doesn’t like you?

Ever wonder what would happen if the Poet Laureate of West Virginia didn’t like you? Stubby didn’t have to guess. He knew…

Out of Bluefield comes a rumble
Words are flying in a jumble
Over hill and dale like showers of winter rain;
They are senseless, they are sappy
And they make no sports fan happy
Stubby Currence prattles foolishly again

Copyright By Roy Lee Harmon, Beckley Post-Herald April 16, 1937


The Beau Brummel of Bluefield

Stubby Currence, Colts Baseball

The Beau Brummel of Bluefield?

I love a good sassing, don’t you? I found this gem by Duke Ridgley, the longtime sports editor of the Huntington (WV) Herald-Dispatch and the man credited with nicknaming Marshall University the Thundering Herd.

Diamond Dust by Duke RidgleyDidja know?
Ripley-It-Or Not, Virgil (Stubby) Currence, the Beau Brummel of Bluefield and the man who annually picks the All-State High School Basketball Team, is the youngest athlete ever to captain a college baseball team in the United States. You Don’t believe it? Well-l-l, it’s as true as Truth. At the ender age of 16 Mr. C was captain and shortstop of the Davis & Elkins club. That was the year D & E had a perfect season on the diamond. They played nine games and lost all nine of ’em..And for dragging this skeleton out of the closet I have reserved a place for myself behind the No. “8” ball in “Stubby’s” dog house.
Good one, Duke! I love the Beau Brummel reference. As if! Exhibit A on that one.