Waddell Epps bats against Chicken Shack, a team located just out of Sumter
A year in the life of a semi-professional black
baseball team, the 521st All-Stars of Rembert, South Carolina, is
documented in photographs and an essay originally published in book
The 521 All-Stars, A Championship Story of Baseball and
Community, written by Frye Gaillard with photographs by Byron
Baldwin, is a portrait of a group of men who are leaders and role
models having a remarkable impact in their community in ways that
often transcend the celebrity and wealth of major league stars. In
his preface, Baldwin notes: "Among those who remained and played in
this tiny community of Rembert, there was a sense of togetherness
that has clearly been lost in much of our culture....They obviously
play for the love of the game, and they have a lot of fun -- more
in an afternoon, I suspect, that most of us manage to have in a
The All-Stars won their league championship during
the second year Baldwin and Gaillard were chronicling their story.
The win was sweet yet tinged with regret at the untimely death
earlier in the year of Harvey Skinner, one of their teammates.
Originally submitted by: James E. Clyburn, Representative (6th District).
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