Great Names in Baseball History: Tennis Mounts

While doing research for the recent “Olympic names”, I came upon one “Tennis Mounts“, born to Julius and Hattie Mounts in 1919 in Vulcan, West Virginia.

Mounts was one of three brothers who all played ball for the Logan Indians of the Class D Mountain State League in the early 1940s.  There was older brother Willis, a 6’0″ 200-pound pitcher, younger brother Lawrence, a 5’9″ 160-pound outfielder, and Tennis, the 6′ 198-pound first baseman.

The Mounts brothers got a huge write-up in the June 26,1941 issue of “The Sporting News”, in which we learn that, among many things, Tennis shocked his teammates before the June 14th game by walking into the dugout and announcing he had gotten married that morning.  Maybe Tennis had a sense of future great names in baseball records, as his wife’s maiden name was “Harriet Madge Griffey“.

Tennis Mounts slammed 24 homers in 1940 and led the league with that same total in 1941.  In early June 1942, with the team in last place, he was traded to Welch Miners.  The league shut down later that year due to World War II, ending Mounts’ playing career.

I have it on good authority that Tennis Mounts is not related in any way to Basketball Jones.



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