The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


June 27, 2013

In a snap!

Sherman ‘Snapper’ Kennedy’s journey took him from Conneaut to the majors... for 1 game, but he later become a professional in a second sport


Moving on

At age 23, Kennedy was not finished with the game. He would spend four more seasons, all in the minors, all in the Southern Association, though at the highest level during that time, Class A.

He never again got the call from the majors.

Kennedy split the 1903 season with the Birmingham Barons and Nashville. In 95 games, he hit an outstanding .335, going 75 for 224 in 95 games combined for the two teams.

However, his .323 average for Nashville earned him a spot with the Barons, late in the season, and the Conneaut native flourished, hitting at a stellar .414 clip. In a dozen games, Kennedy went 12 for 29.

He returned to Nashville for the 1904 season, hitting .277 in 132 games, going 138 for 498.

At age 26, Kennedy moved on to the Shreveport Pirates. In 1905, he hit a more-than-respectable .291 in 131 games, going 138 for 475 at the plate.

That would be his last season as a regular as in 1906, he appeared in only 69 games the Louisiana-based Pirates, posting the lowest batting average of his career — .190 — going 51 for 269.

At age 27, Kennedy’s baseball career had reached its conclusion after a decade on the diamond.

At the fore

Somewhere along his journey, Kennedy became proficient in the game of golf and, according to The History of Ashtabula County, followed the same path he did in baseball, becoming a club professional. The book says Kennedy became partial to the warmer climate of the south during his time in the minors playing baseball.

The History of Ashtabula County says Kennedy became a club pro in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he even designed a course.

In the Thursday, July 30, 1936 edition of the Emmetsburg Reporter, a small-town newspaper in Palo Alto County, Iowa, a front-page, above-the-fold, three paragraph briefs reads:

Golf pro giving

instructions here

Sherman Kennedy, golf pro fro Laredo, Texas, is in Emmetsburg this week, and will give lessons to beginners and others who care to avail themselves to his services.

A number of local players have already arranged to be tutored by Mr. Kennedy, who has been teaching the game for several years.

His rates are reasonable, and since it is not often that a pro visits the local course, many others will no doubt wish to take advantage of his professional services.

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