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March 21, 2016

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Gary Ashwill

I've found him mentioned in the Atlanta Daily World, in columns by Chico Renfroe (himself a former Scripto player) from the 1970s through the early 1990s, and also in some news articles about old Black Crackers players holding baseball clinics for kids. He was sometimes called "Curtis Tomlinson." As for his actual playing career, a quick search didn't place him with the Black Crackers, but I was able to find him playing a few games for the Scripto Black Cats in 1941. By 1943 he was in the Army--the Black Cats held some events to honor him and other former players who were in the service.

There was an African American man named John Henry Tomlinson living in Atlanta who filled out a draft registration card in 1942. He was a student at Morris Brown College. He was born May 24, 1921, in McDonough, Georgia, and died on January 10, 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia. He seems pretty likely to be our man.

Kyle Smego

Hi,
I'm looking for any information on the following player --- John H. Tomlinson.

The only info I have been able to track down was a quick mention on the CNLBR website. I have not seen him mentioned anywhere else

John (Cutie) H. Tomlinson 1937-1942 Scripto Black Cats,  Atlanta Black Crackers

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