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Neyland, Sonny

Neyland, Sonny

Date: Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Interview 217a : In this interview with Patsy Colbert, Sonny Neyland reminisces about his years involved with Diboll Youth Baseball. A longtime coach and one time director of the program, Neyland discusses his early years of coaching, the structure of the league, racial integration of the league, league finances, and changes from the 1960's through the 1980's. He mentions fellow coaches J.L. Smith, Monk Warner, Pete Smith, Lester Tidwell, Howard Mullins, and Charles Havard. He also discusses starting the girls softball program in the 1970's since his daughters wanted to play. He particularly mentions Emmett King, one of his first African-American players. Mr. Neyland also remembers his participation in Diboll Day activities when he worked for C.H. Shepherd at the Fiberboard plant.