Baseball in Greenwood, MS
Professional baseball began in Greenwood in 1910 with our team&'s entry into the Class D Cotton States League. Led by manager Woody Thornton, Greenwood clinched the pennant over Jackson on the final day of the season. In 1911, Greenwood fell to fifth place in the Cotton States League. Manager Thornton was the leading hitter,batting .316 and tying for the league lead with ten triples. By 1912, the Cotton States League, was being played in two halves, with the winners of each half to play for the league championship. The Greenwood Scouts were the winner of the second-half. The Vicksburg Hill Billies, first-half winner, was not available for the playoffs. Greenwood did not field a team in 1913, and the whole Cotton States League disbanded until 1921 because of World War I.
Greenwood was included in the new Mississippi State League in 1921. The split season was again employed, with Greenwood winning the first half and Clarksdale winning the second half. In the playoffs, manager Charles Bell's Greenwood team won the league championship over Clarksdale in five straight games. Kane, Greenwood-Meridian, was the league's leading batter with a .355 mark. Other leading hitters for Greenwood were Tom Toland, .327, and Hugh Critz, .298. With the addition of the Vicksburg Hillbillies and Greenville Bucks in 1922 the league grew to six clubs as the Cotton States League named restored.