By Hartsville Vidette Staff Reporter


Hub Perdue, one of the greats of the early days of professional baseball, will be the subject of this month’s Historical Society Meeting. Perdue was a resident of Bethpage, Tenn., and for a while, in his old age, lived in Hartsville.

Perdue is also the subject of a new book written by baseball historian and enthusiast John A. Simpson. The book, titled “Hub Perdue, Clown Prince of the Mound,” will be published this month by McFarland Press. Simpson will be the speaker at the October meeting and will discuss this unique sportsman.

While he isn’t as famous as Babe Ruth, Perdue was a star pitcher for the Boston Braves and the St. Louis Cardinals in the early 1900s. He was sometimes called “Hurling Hub.” Locally he added to his fame by promoting “Pat Burnley Twist” chewing tobacco manufactured by the Willard Tobacco Company of Trousdale County. 

Simpson is a resident of Washington State but he has a fascination with Southern baseball and has already published a book on the 1908 Nashville Vols. He is making a special trip to Tennessee to promote this new book on Perdue and his presentation to our local historical society will be his first on his tour. 

The meeting will be this Saturday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m. at the Vaught Library. All Historical Society meetings are open to the public and this should prove to be an outstanding program.