Interview 246a : In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, Roscoe Ivy reminisces about playing sports in the Lufkin area, particularly high school football and baseball and softball. He played football at Lufkin High School for Coach Abe Martin, and he talks about their games, their record, and their coach's motivation style. Mr. Ivy also talks about playing football and baseball for the Army during World War II, particularly when he was based in Lake Charles, Louisiana as an aircraft mechanic. After the war, he returned to Lufkin, where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service and then for a insurance adjusting company based in Nacogdoches. Through his professional career he continued to play semi-pro baseball and recreational softball. He played for the Lufkin Merchants baseball team, the semi-pro team that played in the pro level Lufkin Foresters Park when the pros were out of town. He also played softball for the Lufkin municipal league. He mentions his fellow players, their opponents (including the Diboll Millers), and some particularly memorable games.
The online home of our growing oral history interview collection.