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When the batboy batted, part 3


April 30, 2021

The rowdy hometown crowd in Statesboro, Georgia, was pleased when, on the night of July 19, 1952, batboy Joe Reliford pinch hit for the visiting Fitzgerald Pioneers in a game the visitors were losing by the score of 13-0.

The spectators were even happier when the 12-year-old youngster hit a hard grounder to third base that came within one step of being an infield single. They cheered wildly for what they considered a successful at-bat.

Joe Reliford was born on November 29, 1939, in Ashton, Georgia, but his family soon moved to the nearby town of Fitzgerald. His parents had several children...

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