Southern Association Baseball

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Southern Association (1901)


Christians (1901)

Brief History

Abner Powell was one of the three founders of the Southern Association and is well-known as the owner-manager of the New Orleans Pelicans. However, Powell also invested in the Selma franchise along with owner-manager Ed Peters when the Atlanta contingent failed to come together in time.

The Selma Christians played a single season in the Southern Association in 1901. After a dismal showing in their inaugural season (37–78, .322) which found Selma in last place and some 37 games off the pace, Powell bought out Peters and moved the franchise to Atlanta for the 1902 campaign.

Baseball would return to Selma in 1911 and would be a part of the city’s sporting life until 1962. They would be represented in the Southeastern League (1911–1912, 1927–1930, 1932, 1937–1941, 1946–1950), the Cotton States League (1913), the Georgia-Alabama League (1914), and the Alabama-Florida League (1957–1962).