From 1895 to 1939, the Longview Cannibals were the most recognized and well-known of the East Texas baseball clubs. This site is dedicated to keeping alive the memories and history of one of the most celebrated and colorful teams from the golden age of baseball's past. During the 45 years of the Cannibals' existence, 61 former and future major leaguers toiled in the heat of the East Texas summer wearing the blue and red flannels of the Longview Baseball Club. The story of the Longview Cannibals is filled with entertaining episodes both on and off the field, from that fateful day in June 1895 when the club first obtained its unusual nickname to the June day in 1939 when the Cannibals ceased to exist. Longview native Grady White, whose life in baseball spanned the depths of personal tragedy to the heights of professional triumph, had a career that stretched from the club's early semi-pro years to the incredible championship season of 1926. Hometown legends Jack Johnston and Sam West rose from the streets of Longview to major league careers. Five of the most beloved Cannibals were Hick Munsell, Ray Flaskamper, Abe Bowman, Merv Connors, and Tex Jeanes. Each came to Longview and were so embraced by the fans and the city that deep emotional bonds developed. Eventually Munsell, Bowman and Jeanes made the East Texas city their home. Other notables who wore the blue and red of the Cannibals at Fair Park included Debs Garms, Bob Kennedy, Randy Moore, Hank Severeid, Ollie Bejma, Tommy McBride, Heinie Mueller and Ed Lopat.

Transport yourself back in time to hear the sounds of the crowd and the crack of the bat, as the Longview Cannibals took the field in the city that was regarded during the first four decades of the twentieth century as the baseball capitol of East Texas.


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