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Atlanta Crackers Photograph Collection

Collection number: ahc.VIS103

Scope and Contents of the Records

The majority of this collection consists of members of the Atlanta Crackers baseball team and players from the Nashville Vols. Most of the images were taken at Ponce de Leon Park in Atlanta, Georgia, and most are identified. Included are images of Buddy Bates, Charles Bicknell, Robert Boring, James Callaway, Ray Cattano, Paul Cave, Charles Cottier, Jack Daniels, John DeMerit, Frank DiPrima, Richard Grabowski, Robert Heartsfield, Rober Hartman, Ev Joyner, Charles King, Clyde King, Mike Krsnich, Ted Laguna, Ed McHugh, Ken McKenzie, Sam Meeks, Robert Montag, Hank Morgan, Jo Morgan, Earl Mosser, Don Nottebart, Gerald Nelson, Richard Phillips, William Reynolds, Clarence Riddle, Sam Taylor, John Turco, Bill Valentine, Bill Wilhelm. The collection also includes images of Ponce de Leon Park and images of Luther Williams Park in Macon, Georgia.


  • 1956-1958, undated

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright law. (Title 17, U.S. Code) Permission for use must be cleared through the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. Licensing agreement may be required.

Administrative History

The Atlanta Crackers were a minor league baseball team that played in the Southern Association from 1901 to 1961. During that period they won 17 league pennants and were often referred to as the “Yankees of the Minors” due to their record as the team that won the most games in the association. In 1962 the Southern Association disbanded and so from 1962 to 1965 the Atlanta Crackers played in the International League. The Atlanta Crackers played their home games at Spiller Field, later known as Ponce de Leon Park. The ball park was built in 1907, but was destroyed by fire in 1923. It was rebuilt with financing from wealthy concessionaire Rell Jackson Spiller in 1924, and was referred to as Spiller Park or Spiller Field until 1932 when it became Ponce de Leon Park.


82 image(s)



Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged in two sub-groups; (1) Baseball Parks, (2) Atlanta Crackers, each arranged alphabetically according to name.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

This collection is located in cold storage. Patrons must allow two hours after retrieval of item(s) before viewing material.

Custodial History

Information about ownership or custody of the collection prior to purchase is not available.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from L.D. Jones, 1991 (1991.373)

General Physical Description note

Extent: 82 color slides

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2005

Atlanta Crackers Photograph Collection ahc.VIS 103
An Inventory of Their Photographs at the Kenan Research Center of the Atlanta History Center
Inventory prepared by Paul Crater
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305