Kentucky Derby Diamond Jubilee – 1949

In 1949, Stubby attended the 75th Anniversary of the Kentucky Derby in Louisville in 1949. As Eric Crawford writes

The Kentucky Derby has always been a writer’s event. At the Derby, bloodlines come first, but story lines are a close second. Great writers, some of the best, William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, Hunter Thompson, took their turns penning descriptions of the great spectacle.

Let’s not get too carried away here comparing Stubby to these literary giants. But the ole man did attend and got him some killer sway.

A pair of Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Glasses

Kentucky Derby Diamond Jubilee Glassware

Yeah, mint julep!

and a cool souvenir book

1949 Kentucky Derby Book

They even personalized it for the ole Stubs!

And we’ll end with sage advice from Stubby himself from his Press Box column, May 3, 1936 …

Happy Horsing!


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.


Don’t mess with Davis & Elkins fans

Oh, those cold winter nights of West Virginia of today and days past…

While staying warm, I found this reference to Stubby attending a Davis & Elkins basketball game in a Bluefield Daily Telegraph “Press Box” column from January 24, 1936:

This D & B crowd is no bunch of pansies. Especially those three husky members of the outfit who so generously pushed my marooned car out of the snow in front of that Fairmont road house the night after the ball game in which they were crowned state champs at the state tourney last season. I’ll love them for that, if for nothing else. But I hate to think to what might have happened to me that night had l gone to Wesleyan and not to D & B back in the days of my callow youth. And I love ’em for that, too.

Stay warm, kids!

Stubby Currence, Stunt Driver

Maybe Stubby Currence missed his calling as a stunt driver!

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

“Sports Editor of The Daily Telegraph in car plunging off the road.” (click photo to see a larger size)

Miraculous escape for two in wreck of auto

Sports Editor of Daily Telegraph in Car Plunging off the road

Tuesday evening while driving across Elkhorn mountain, near the spot known as “Tank Hill” Fred Duesen of Huntington and V. Lloyd Currence, of this city, miraculously escaped death when the Nash coupe in which they were riding plunged more than 100 feet to the bottom of the deep embankment at that place.

The occupants of the doomed Nash car managed to get out of the wreckage (before) it tumbled down the mount…to its destruction. Currence, sports editor of The Daily Telegraph, was thrown from the car after it had turned three complete flips, and with the exception of being jarred up considerably, suffered no injury. Duesen managed to free himself from the car several yards below the spot where Currence was thrown from the wreckage. Duesen suffered a severely sprained wrist, but otherwise came out of the wreck in good shape.

The cause given for the accident was a slippery road. The car skidded from the road when attempting to pass a Negro taxi car.

I suspect some tomfoolery was going on. But thank goodness, Stubby knew how to hit dirt, or I wouldn’t be here 🙂

My guess is this happened in the 1920s. This poor car had to die a horrible death:

Nash Special Six Coupe 1929

1929 Nash Special Six Coupe. Photo by Lars-Göran Lindgren Sweden via Wikimedia Commons

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


What would Stubby think?

Yesterday, I checked on Ohio State (one of my alma maters) to make sure everything was running smoothly. While in the bookstore, I noticed a bevy of Jim Tressel books at 30 percent off.

Discount books on Jim Tressel at Ohio State bookstore

Scandal = Bargain bin

I know Tressel is old news but I wonder what Stubby would think of the all the college football scandals in the past few years. And then there is the big kahuna of sports scandals: Penn State.

Stubby was no stranger to college sports scandals during his time. But I wonder, can we expect college sports to ever be scandal-free?


Bluefield vs. Bramwell

I got a stumper for you today. Well, probably not for YOU, but for me, because I didn’t get a chance to ask The Dad about this one. Here is a photo from Stubby’s archives. Unfortunately, we’re losing the image to the ages.

Bluefield vs. Bramwell. Click photo to zoom.

Bluefield vs. Bramwell. Click photo to zoom.

From what I can tell, it is a photo of a baseball game with the catcher and batter at home plate. The crowd is behind them and baseball bats on in the foreground. But Stubby’s caption reads fine: “Bluefield vs. Bramwell – Glenwood Park, Aug. 1922. Bluefield easy winners over League winners – Walters, at bay.”

I wanted to share this one because this game was played 90 years ago this month. But the stumper is the dates. According the Bluefield Blue Jays website, the Blue-Grays (a precursor to the Blue Jays) were formed in 1924, two years later than this game was played. I’m confident Stubby got the year right, so I’m guessing games were being played before the League was formally formed. The town of Bramwell also lists 1924 as the start of the Coalfield Baseball League:

Interesting Fact: In 1924 “The Coalfield Baseball League.” consisted of four teams in the league including the Bluefield “Blue Grays,” the Gary “Coal Diggers,” the Pocahontas-Bramwell “Indians” and the Coalwood “Robins.”

Even 90 years later, I’m glad Bluefield was victorious.