University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the George Kirksey Papers



Overview of the Collection

Creator Kirksey, George Turner, 1904-1971
Collection Title George Kirksey Papers
Dates 1910-1971
Identification 05/1971-002
Physical Description 7.50 linear feet
Language of Materials English
Other Information:
Uploaded to TARO, 2005.
Additional information may be found at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/uhsc/00035/hsc-00035.html
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/ Email: rmrichardson@uh.edu Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

George Kirksey, sportswriter, traveler, and baseball promoter, was born in Hillsboro, Texas on February 22, 1904. Following his graduation from high school in Hillsboro in 1923, he attended the University of Texas at Austin for two and a half years, where he studied journalism and worked part-time for local newspapers.

Kirksey became a sportswriter for United Press in 1927. During the 1930s he became a well-known figure in sports journalism, publishing hundreds of articles. In 1933 he was sent by UP to China, India, Egypt, and Italy to write a number of travel stories. He married Ethel Shutta, singer and actress, in 1940.

During World War II, Kirksey joined the Air Force as a public relations officer with the rank of First Lieutenant with the Ninth Army Air Force Division. By the end of the war, Kirksey had achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, received several commendations for his work, and had been in Egypt, Libya, England, France, and Germany.

Following his return from service, Kirksey and his wife moved to Houston. Kirksey opened a public relations firm and became involved in several local enterprises. He founded the Houston Civil War Round Table during the mid-1950s.

Kirksey's primary activity involved bringing major league baseball to Houston. In the late 1940s Kirksey began this work, which would include several different attempts to force the major leagues into allowing Houston to have a team. Kirksey was a supporter of the Continental League, which would have been a direct competitor with the American and National Leagues, and led a group of prominent Houstonians in their futile attempt to purchase the St. Louis Cardinals in 1952.

In 1957 he joined with several other men including R. E. "Bob" Smith, Roy Hofheinz, and Paul Richards to form the Houston Sports Association. This group would eventually become the owners of the Colt .45s (later known as the Houston Astros), following the expansion of the National League into Houston in 1962.

Kirksey held the position of Executive Vice-President within the Houston Sports Association until 1966. During this time, he was instrumental in the promotion of the team and the "Eighth Wonder of the World," the Astrodome. Kirksey was also involved in the various controversies surrounding the Astrodome and its baseball team. In 1965 Kirksey realized that he was being pushed from the Houston Sports Association, as Roy Hofheinz moved to take control of the organization.

On July 21, 1961 he married Billie Joyce Smith. He and Ethel Shutta Kirksey had divorced in 1957. Kirksey had no children of his own but had two step-sons from his marriage with Ethel Shutta. Kirksey and Billie Joyce (Smith) Kirksey were divorced on November 13, 1964.

After Kirksey's contract with the Houston Sports Association was denied renewal, he sold his share of the Astros to Roy Hofheinz in 1965, who later became sole owner of the team. Kirksey toyed with creating a new football team in Houston to challenge Bud Adams' Oilers, but quickly lost interest.

Kirksey became fairly wealthy from the sale of his share of the Astros, as well as the sale of his stock in KTRK, the first commercial television station in Houston. With this new-found wealth, Kirksey began traveling, primarily in Europe and the Caribbean. During this time he wrote a series of travel articles that were published in the Houston Post, and he became involved in auto racing. Kirksey spent most of his last years traveling in Western Europe. Kirksey died in France in 1971 in an automobile accident.


Scope and Contents

The George Kirksey Papers contain clippings, manuscripts, some correspondence, scrapbooks, and numerous photographs. Materials are dated between 1910 and 1971. The collection comprises 18 manuscript boxes and has 3,363 items.

The collection is divided into several series, based on a particular function of Kirksey's life or by form (photographs, scrapbooks, and miscellaneous items). The collection arrived at the University of Houston Special Collections unorganized for the most part. The collection had been created by friends of Kirksey's who cleaned out his apartment following his death and boxed up materials they deemed of possible value, which they sent to the University of Houston Libraries.

The series are primarily arranged by the work in which Kirksey was involved. The series include: Personal, Writing, Military, Public Relations, KTRK, Civil War Round Table, Houston Sports Association, Travel, Photographs, Scrapbooks, and Miscellaneous. Within each series, the materials are organized alphabetically and chronologically where applicable. Apart from the numerous clippings, most of the collection relates to his work as a United Press International correspondent, his service in the Air Force during World War II, and his work with the Houston Sports Association.

A large part of the collection is comprised of newspaper clippings and pages removed from various magazines. Kirksey was a voracious reader and during his life he collected numerous magazine clippings and pages on a variety of subjects. Unfortunately, Kirksey did not label his clippings for date or publication. Many of the clippings have been replaced by photocopies because of the deterioration of the original clippings. The clippings, tear sheets, and photocopies have been arranged within each topical series based on the subject of the clipping.

Kirksey also collected maps and brochures from different places he visited. These items have been retained for the most part, although a large set of National Geographic maps from the late 1950s and early 1960s have been removed from the collection. Again, these items have been placed within the appropriate series where applicable.

There are almost 700 photographs in the collection. Many of the photographs focus on Kirksey's service in the Air Force during World War II, the Astrodome, and the Colt .45s/Astros. A few of the photographs, related to baseball, have captions created for the press. Unfortunately, Kirksey did not label any of the photographs he kept, making identification of personal photographs and travel photographs nearly impossible. The photographs have been organized by topic, which corresponds to the other series. Some photographs are duplicated in the scrapbooks and may have a year or place assigned to them.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
Astrodome (Houston, Tex.)
Houston Astros (Baseball team)
Houston Colt 45's (Baseball team)
Genre/Form of Material:
Clippings (information artifacts)
Correspondence
Manuscripts (document genre)
Maps (documents)
Pamphlets
Scrapbooks
Geographic Name:
Houston (Tex.) -- History
Personal Name:
Hofheinz, Roy, 1912-1982
Kirksey, George Turner, 1904-1971
Topical Term:
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

George Kirksey Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Mr. Kirksey's estate

Processing Information:

Andrea Bean Hough, 1994-1995


Detailed List of Contents

Personal [1930]-1971

Scope and Contents
This series includes personal items such as Kirksey's social security card, marriage license to Ethel Shutta, and the newspaper notice of his divorce from Billie Joyce (Smith) Kirksey. There are 959 items in the series. Much of the series consists of items related to his interests in the Civil War and the Houston Civil War Round Table, military interests, baseball (not related to the Houston Sports Association), golf, and improving his writing. This series includes materials on Kirksey's brief venture into auto racing. For photographs related to Kirksey's personal life, see the Photographs series under the heading "Personal."
Box Folder
1 1 Art
2-6 Auto Racing
7-8 Baseball - Articles
9 Baseball - Articles, Fiction
10-11 Baseball - Problems
12-13 Booklists
14 Brochures
Box Folder
2 1-4 Clippings
5-6 Correspondence
7-8 Diary
9 Exercise Guide
10 Family History - Correspondence
11 Family History - Forms
12-21 Golf
22-23 Improving Writing
Box Folder
3 1 Improving Writing
2 Personality Information
3 Kirksey, Ethel Shutta
4 Mailing Lists
5 Marriage License
6 Military Interests - Clippings
7 Miscellaneous
8 Notebook
9 Texas Millionaires
10 Valenti, Jack



Writing 1937-1971

Scope and Contents
Materials in this series include manuscripts, clippings, and notes for stories by Kirksey. There are 260 items in the series. The types of writing include sports stories, travel accounts, short stories, notes, and other materials. The material divides roughly into sports articles written by Kirksey in the 1930s and travel stories from Kirksey's travels in Europe in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Box Folder
3 11 Baby Doll
12 Berlin
13 Robert Ruark
14 Brereton Diaries - Clippings
15-18 Brereton Diaries - Correspondence
19 Brereton Diaries - Outlines
20 Farewell to Football
21-22 Good Times Charlie
23 Gridiron Mirage
24 Indian Ball
25 Indian Ball - Outline
Box Folder
4 1 Germany, Key to the Future
2 Le Havre
3 Milano
4-5 Notes
6 Paris
7 Paul Gallico
8 Personal
9 Pigskin Feuds
10 Rome
11-12 Rose Bowl Circus
13 Saints and Sinners
14 Saint Tropez
15-16 Saturday Strategy
17 Saturday Strategy - Material
18 Special Report on the Houston Tribune
19-20 Sports Articles
21 The Singer and the Sportswriter
22-23 Suicide Saturday
24 UPI Travels
25 Voss
26 We'll Beat the Yanks
27 What the Crowd Never Sees



Military 1942-1965

Scope and Contents
This series contains materials relating to Kirksey's service in the Air Force during World War II and Kirksey's activities in the Air Force Reserves. There are 445 items in the series. Most of the materials in the series are Kirksey's military records and official publications listing his commendations. In addition, there are several memos sent to and from Kirksey regarding his reinstatement in the Air Force Reserves to obtain service points. There is also a sub-series of items relating to Kirksey's military interests. Many of the records and memos exist in multiple copies. See the Photographs series under the heading "World War II" for photographs taken during Kirksey's service in the Ninth Air Force.
Box Folder
4 28-40 Air Force Reserves
Box Folder
5 1-2 Air Force Reserves
3 Air Force Reserves - Intelligence
4 Certificates
5 Correspondence
6 Identification Cards
7 Registration Certificate
8 Retirement Guide
9-13 Service Records
14 Writing
15 Brainwashing
16 Civil War
17 Foreign Policy
18 Germany
19 Goebbels
20 Khruschev, Nikita
21 Middle East
22 Order Forms
23 Patton, George
24 Principles of War
25 Propaganda
26 Rommel, Erwin
27 Soviet Union
29 World War I
30 World War II



Public Relations 1946-1947

Scope and Contents
This is a very small series with 18 items, dated 1946 through 1947. Included are press releases promoting Kirksey's public relations firm and other related materials.
Box Folder
6 1 Press Releases 1946-1947



KTRK-TV, Channel 13 1952-1967

Scope and Contents
This series includes information related to the early history of KTRK, Channel 13. There are 69 items in the series. Materials include correspondence, audit reports, minutes from 1952-1953, clippings related to the sale of KTRK, and financial information both for the television company and for Kirksey's interest in the company.
Box Folder
6 2 Audit Reports
3 Bank Statements
4 Clippings
5 Correspondence
6 Financial Material
7-10 Legal Agreements
11 Minutes
12 Miscellaneous



Civil War Round Table 1954-1967

Scope and Contents
This series includes newsletters, lectures, and other materials relating to the Houston Civil War Round Table, which was started by Kirksey. The series has 103 items, dating from 1954 to 1967. In addition, there is a box of uncataloged pamphlets regarding the Civil War included in the series. It has been given a separate box number which is indicated in the folder title listing.
Box Folder
6 13-16 Addresses
17 By-laws
18 Clippings
19 Correspondence
20 History
21 Lectures
22 Membership
23 Miscellaneous
Box Folder
7 1 Notes
2 Notices and Pamphlets
3 Publications
4 Schedules
5 Tours
6 Trip 1954
7 Trip - Chicago 1955
8 Trip - Missouri 1961
9 Trip - Vicksburg 1954
Box
17 Pamphlets



Houston Sports Association 1957-1966

Scope and Contents
This series includes materials on Kirksey's work to bring baseball to Houston as part of the Houston Sports Association. There are 659 items in the series. There are a variety of materials in the series, including reports, press kits, pamphlets, correspondence, clippings, and announcements. Included are materials about the Continental League, the Astrodome, Colt .45s/Astros, problems with baseball, leaving the HSA, selling his stock in the HSA, and the HSA's work in trying to bring in football to oppose Bud Adams' Oilers. Some of the people included in the series are R. E. "Bob" Smith, Paul Richards, and Roy Hofheinz. There is also a box of newspapers related to the Houston Sports Association, which has been given its own box number. Photographs related to the Colt .45s, the Astros, and the Astrodome are in the Photographs series under the heading "Baseball."
Box Folder
7 10 Accounting 1961-1962
11 Advertising Campaign 1963
12 Articles 1957-1959
13-14 Articles 1963
15 Articles 1965-1966
16 Articles 1970
17 Astrocards 1965
18 Astroclub Account 1965-1966
Astrodome Club, Bill 1
Astrodome Club, Bill 2
Astrodome Club, Bill 3
Astrodome Club, Bill 4
Astrodome Club, Payment card 1
Astrodome Club, Payment card 10
Astrodome Club, Payment card 11
Astrodome Club, Payment card 12
Astrodome Club, Payment card 2
Astrodome Club, Payment card 3
Astrodome Club, Payment card 4
Astrodome Club, Payment card 5
Astrodome Club, Payment card 6
Astrodome Club, Payment card 7
Astrodome Club, Payment card 8
Astrodome Club, Payment card 9
Envelope addressed to George Kirksey
Envelope addressed to The Astrodome Club, Image 1
Envelope addressed to the Astrodome Club, Image 2
Envelope addressed to the Astrodome Club, Image 3
Envelope, Image 1
Envelope, Image 2
Letter from Charles J. Brunjes to George Kirksey, regarding a statement of his account during his time involved in Houston Sports Association
Recap of Liquor Pool Account
The Astrodome Club, Statement 1
The Astrodome Club, Statement 10
The Astrodome Club, Statement 11
The Astrodome Club, Statement 2
The Astrodome Club, Statement 3
The Astrodome Club, Statement 4
The Astrodome Club, Statement 5
The Astrodome Club, Statement 6
The Astrodome Club, Statement 7
The Astrodome Club, Statement 7
The Astrodome Club, Statement 8
The Astrodome Club, Statement 9
19 Astrodome 1965
Astrodome baseball seating manifest, Chart
Astrodome baseball seating manifest, List
Astrodome brochure
Astrodome football seating manifest, Chart 1
Astrodome football seating manifest, Chart 2
Astrodome football seating manifest, List 1
Astrodome football seating manifest, List 2
20 Astrodome 1965
Aerial view of the Astrodome and parking lot, Image 1
Commemorative certificate featuring an inside view of the Astrodome
Exterior view of the Astrodome and parking lot
Interior view of Astrodome seating
Box Folder
8 1 Astrodome Certificate
2 Astros - Miscellaneous
Astrodome seating chart
Houston Astros Schedule and Ticket information
3-4 Baseball
5 Bobby Layne
6-12 Clippings
13 Colt .45s
14 Colt .45s - Newsletter
The Colts .45, Vol. 2 No. 1
The Colts .45, Vol. 2 No. 2
The Colts .45, Vol. 3 No. 1
The Colts .45, Vol. 3 No. 2
15 Continental League
16 Correspondence
17 Executive Committee
18 Executive Committee - Minutes
19 Financial Records
20 Football
Box Folder
9 1 Football
2 Football in the Dome
Bud Adams and Roy Hofheinz standing in front of a model of the Astrodome
3-6 Hofheinz, Roy
7 Houston Economics
8 Houston Oilers
9 Houston Town
10 Inside the Astrodome
11 Kirksey Sell Out
Press release announcing George Kirksey's resignation from the Houston Sports Association
12 National League President's Report 1965
13 NFL
14 Player Information 1963-1964
15 Press Guides
16 Press Releases 1965
Press release regarding factual information about the Astrodome
Press release regarding the new domed stadium
17 Publicity
Baseball attendance by day of the week for the 1965 season
Baseball attendance by month for the 1965 season
Baseball attendance by visiting clubs for the 1965 season
Official league admissions to Astrodome games by team
Press release regarding the first annual Texas All Star Polo Match
18 Report of Harris County Board of Park Commissioners 1958
19 Richards, Paul
20 Season Ticket Information 1965
1965 Box Seat Season Ticket Information Kit
21 Smith, R. E. "Bob"
22 HSA Welcomes You Aboard
Houston Sports Association National League Welcomes You Aboard spiral-bound booklet
24 National League President's Report
Box
18 Houston Sports Association Newspapers



Travel 1965-1971

Scope and Contents
This series includes clippings and tear sheets of articles related to travel in different countries that Kirksey planned to visit. The series also includes a few clippings of articles written about Kirksey's travels, primarily in Europe during the late 1960s and early 1970s. There are 161 items in the series. The manuscripts for articles written by Kirksey are included in the Manuscripts series.
Box Folder
10 1 Clippings
2 Cozumel
3 Drip-Dry
4-9 Europe
10 Europe - Postcards
11 Food and Wine
12 France - Perfumes
13 Germany - Clippings
14 London
15 Skiing



Photographs [1910-1971]

Scope and Contents
There are 670 photographs in this series. The photographs are arranged as follows: Personal, 163 photographs; World War II, 311 photographs; Baseball, 173 photographs; Travel, 23 photographs; and Miscellaneous, 15 photographs. Kirksey made no attempt to identify the people or places in the photographs he kept. The photographs have been sorted by subject where possible and have not been arranged in any particular order beyond this. There is no folder listing for the photographs. They have been arranged by box and are numbered only for security measures. The Personal photographs include family photographs, portrait photographs of Kirksey, photographs taken for his work with General Brereton, and other photographs of Kirksey that were not baseball- or war-related. Also included are photographs relating to Kirksey's auto racing team. Additional photographs of this nature may be found in the 1931-1938 scrapbook. The World War II photographs include shots taken during Kirksey's service in the Ninth Air Force. Photographs include shots of Kirksey and his comrades, abandoned military vehicles, destroyed bridges, paratroopers, gliders, Air Force bases, destroyed buildings, and other war-related photographs. The shots are not identified by place. Kirksey was in Egypt, England, France, and Germany during his service in the Air Force from 1942 to 1945. The Baseball sub-series contains photographs of the Houston Colt .45s (later the Houston Astros), the Astrodome and Houston Sports Association activities. Many photographs taken for the publicity of the Colt .45s and the Astrodome are included in this group. There are also photographs pre-dating Kirksey's involvement with the HSA, which include Kirksey with various baseball players. Additional photographs may be found in the 1951-1968 scrapbook. The Travel photographs were all taken during Kirksey's trip to India, China, and other eastern countries during 1933. Identified, larger copies of the photographs may be found in the 1931-1938 scrapbook. The Miscellaneous photographs include some photographs in which the subject could not be identified, as well as photographs that had been autographed and sent to Kirksey. Included among the Miscellaneous photographs are autographed pictures from various dignitaries and sports figures. Additional photographs related to Kirksey's travels in 1933, Ethel Shutta Kirksey, sports writing, and the Houston Sports Association may be found in the Scrapbooks.
Box Folder
11 1-73 Personal [1920-1971]
Box Folder
12 1-101 World War II [1942-1945]
Box Folder
13 1-57 World War II [1942-1945]
Box Folder
14 1-101 Baseball [1930-1965]
11 Colt 45's baseball players standing in front of Astrodome
Colt 45's baseball players stading in front of Astrodome
15 George Kirksey standing with Colt 45's players
George Kirksey standing with Colt 45's players
17 George Kirksey and Colt 45's player Jacob Nelson "Nellie" Fox standing under the dome
George Kirksey and Colt 45's player Jacob Nelson 'Nellie' Fox standing under the dome
21 Members of the Colt 45's standing outside team plane
Members of the Colt 45's standing outside team plane
25 George Kirksey with Astrodome visitors
George Kirksey with Astrodome visitors
28 George Kirksey working out with players of the Colt 45's
George Kirksey working out with players of the Colt 45's
30 Astrodome Groundbreaking
Astrodome Groundbreaking
32 Aerial view of the Astrodome and parking lot
Aerial view of the Astrodome and parking lot, Image 2
37 Team photo of the Colt 45's
Team photo of the Colt 45's
39 Colt 45's player Don Nottebart and Dodgers player Sandy Koufax
Colt 45's player Don Nottebart and Dodgers player Sandy Koufax
40 Daniel Rusty Staub and Stan Musial
Daniel Rusty Staub and Stan Musial
43 Daniel Rusty Staub
Daniel Rusty Staub
44 Judge Bill Elliott and R. E. Smith standing in front of a model of the Astrodome
Judge Bill Elliott and R. E. Smith standing in front of a model of the Astrodome
45 Richard Dick Farrell
Richard Dick Farrell
46 Jim Wynn
Jim Wynn
49 Aerial view of the partially completed Astrodome
Aerial view of the partially completed Astrodome
50 Steel structure of the Astrodome
Steel structure of the Astrodome
51 George Kirksey and R. E. Smith
George Kirksey and R. E. Smith
57 George Kirksey, Reverend Billy Graham, Judge Roy Hofheinz standing over architectural plans
George Kirksey, Reverend Billy Graham, Judge Roy Hofheinz standing over architectural plans, Image 1
George Kirksey, Reverend Billy Graham, Judge Roy Hofheinz standing over architectural plans, Image 2
58 National League President Warren C. Giles inspecting the construction of Astrodome
National League President Warren C. Giles inspecting the construction of Astrodome
62 Roy Hofheinz and Bud Adams standing in front of a model of the Astrodome
Roy Hofheinz and Bud Adams standing in front of a model of the Astrodome
63 Harry Craft and Colt 45's players
Harry Craft and Colt 45's players
64 Power brokers responsible for bringing baseball to Houston
Power brokers responsible for bringing baseball to Houston
82 George Kirksey and Colt 45's player Jacob Nelson "Nellie" Fox looking up at the dome
George Kirksey and Colt 45's player Jacob Nelson 'Nellie' Fox looking up at the dome
83 George Kirksey, Roy Hofheinz, and Billy Graham
George Kirksey, Roy Hofheinz, and Billy Graham, Image 1
84 Larry Dierker
Larry Dierker
85 Joe Morgan
Joe Morgan
86 Robert Bob Aspromonte
Robert Bob Aspromonte
87 Robert Bob Lillis
Robert Bob Lillis
Box Folder
15 1-51 Baseball [1930-1965]
2 Billy Jurges instructing Jim Todhunter on how to take a high throw
Billy Jurges instructing Jim Todhunter on how to take a high throw
3 Paul Richards instructing John Bateman how to block low and wide pitches
Paul Richards instructing John Bateman how to block low and wide pitches
4 Harry Craft and Cot Deal working with young pitchers in spring training
Harry Craft and Cot Deal working with young pitchers in spring training
5 Dave Philley giving Aaron Pointer instructions in the art of bunting
Dave Philley giving Aaron Pointer instructions in the art of bunting
6 Frank Gabler demonstrating to three young pitchers the way to break the wrist
Frank Gabler demonstrating to three young pitchers the way to break the wrist
7 Harry Craft going over some of the finer points of pitching with young baseball players
Harry Craft going over some of the finer points of pitching with young baseball players
8 John Paciorek practicing catching fly balls with Jim Bugsby
John Paciorek practicing catching fly balls with Jim Bugsby
9 Paul Richards and Luman Harris working with Jerry Grote on receiving the ball to make a play at the plate
Paul Richards and Luman Harris working with Jerry Grote on receiving the ball to make a play at the plate
10 Harry Craft giving young Colt 45's players baserunning instructions
Harry Craft giving young Colt 45's players baserunning instructions
11 Harry Craft giving outfield candidates instructions in throwing
Harry Craft giving outfield candidates instructions in throwing
12 Cot Deal going over pitching form with Darrell Brandon
Cot Deal going over pitching form with Darrell Brandon
15 Paul Richards with Colt 45's player
Paul Richards with Colt 45's player, Image 1
17 Eddie Robinson giving batting instructions to Jim Cope
Eddie Robinson giving batting instructions to Jim Cope
18 Paul Richards giving batting instructions to Joe Morgan and Sonny Jackson, while Lou Fitzgerald looks on
Paul Richards giving batting instructions to Joe Morgan and Sonny Jackson, while Lou Fitzgerald looks on
19 Paul Richards with Colt 45's player
Paul Richards with Colt 45's player, Image 2
20 Luman Harris instructing Jerry Ard and Steve Hertz, in foot position in taking a lead off third base
Luman Harris instructing Jerry Ard and Steve Hertz, in foot position in taking a lead off third base
21 Batting practice
Batting practice
22 Grady Hatton giving Ivan Murrell batting instruction during school at Colt Stadium
Grady Hatton giving Ivan Murrell batting instruction during school at Colt Stadium
23 Paul Richards and Hal (Skinny) Brown giving personal instruction to Jay Dahl before his first major league start
Paul Richards and Hal (Skinny) Brown giving personal instruction to Jay Dahl before his first major league start
24 Four members of the Colt 45's staff giving instruction to Jay Dahl
Four members of the Colt 45's staff giving instruction to Jay Dahl
25 Billy Goodman giving Walter Williams tips on how to hold the bat and batting stance during September school
Billy Goodman giving Walter Williams tips on how to hold the bat and batting stance during September school
26 Dave Philley giving bunting instruction to Joe Morgan, Brock Davis, and Sonny Jackson, during September school at Colt Stadium
Dave Philley giving bunting instruction to Joe Morgan, Brock Davis, and Sonny Jackson, during September school at Colt Stadium
27 Aerial view of the maximum capacity crowd and parking at Colt Stadium
Aerial view of the maximum capacity crowd and parking at Colt Stadium
28 Colt 45's players Ernie Fazio and Rusty Staub
Colt 45's players Ernie Fazio and Rusty Staub
29 Luman Harris working with Chris Zachary on his curve ball
Luman Harris working with Chris Zachary on his curve ball
30 Harry Craft giving pitching instructions to a group of rookie pitchers
Harry Craft giving pitching instrcutions to a group of rookie pitchers
31 Paul Richards instructing infielders on how to touch second base on double play at spring training camp
Paul Richards instructing infielders on how to touch second base on double play at spring training camp
32 Jim Busby instructing Brock Davis in catching fly balls
Jim Busby instructing Brock Davis in catching fly balls
33 Paul Richards giving instructions to young catchers
Paul Richards giving instructions to young catchers
34 Billy Jurges working with Glenn Vaughn in tagging second on a double play
Billy Jurges working with Glenn Vaughn in tagging second on a double play
35 Mike White receiving a flu shot by Jim Ewell
Mike White receiving a flu shot by Jim Ewell
36 Jim Busby discussing outfield play with Brock Davis
Jim Busby discussing outfield play with Brock Davis
37 Billy Jurges talking to Sonny Jackson during a break for lunch at Apache Junction, Arizona, training camp
Billy Jurges talking to Sonny Jackson during a break for lunch at Apache Junction, Arizona, training camp
52-56 Travel [1933]
57-70 Miscellaneous undated
58 George Kirksey, Roy Hofheinz, and Billy Graham
George Kirksey, Roy Hofheinz, and Billy Graham, Image 2



Scrapbooks 1920-1968

Scope and Contents
There are nine scrapbooks in this series, dating from 1920 through 1968. Materials in the scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, tearsheets, invitations, identification cards, and photographs. Much of the material is neither dated nor identified. The first six scrapbooks cover Kirksey's life, primarily the 1920s through the 1960s. The remaining scrapbooks were compiled by Billie Joyce (Smith) Kirksey. The first scrapbook is in poor condition. Items include carbon copies of Kirksey's earliest sports articles, clippings of many of his articles from the 1920s and early 1930s, Christmas cards, tickets and badges from various sporting events, and photographs. Extreme caution must be used while working with this scrapbook. The second scrapbook includes clippings of stories written by Kirksey, photographs related to his travels in 1933 and his family, and letters received by Kirksey. There are also miscellaneous items. Items are dated 1931-1938. The third scrapbook covers Kirksey's military career during World War II and covers 1942 through 1945. Most of the items are newspaper clippings written by Kirksey or about Kirksey. Included are stories about his service and announcements of his awards. There are also numerous photographs taken during his time in service. Some of the photographs have captions included. The fourth scrapbook focuses on his work with the Houston Sports Association but includes materials on Kirksey's travels in Europe and on Kirksey's auto racing team which he started in 1966. The scrapbook includes clippings about the Colt .45s, articles written by Kirksey, photographs, press material, letters, and ephemeral items. Items are dated 1951-1968. The fifth scrapbook is titled, "Houston Professional Football, Inc." and includes clippings regarding Kirksey's work to bring professional football to Houston. All clippings are from 1959. Some items are loose. The sixth scrapbook is titled, "Anti-Baseball Book, 1965." In it are clippings detailing the perceived demise of baseball. There are also loose clippings that have been kept with the scrapbook. Clippings are dated 1964 through 1965. The three remaining scrapbooks were compiled by Kirksey's second wife, Billie Joyce (Smith) Kirksey. These include clippings related to Billie Joyce's activities at the University of Houston while she was a student. The first scrapbook includes the 1945-1946. The second scrapbook focuses on 1946-1947. The third focuses on 1947-1949. Items included are newspaper clippings, graduation announcements, wedding announcements, invitations, cards, and favors. These two scrapbooks are in poor condition.
Item
1 Scrapbook [1920-1930]
Item
2 Scrapbook 1931-1938
Item
3 World War II Scrapbook 1942-1945
Item
4 Scrapbook 1951-1968
Item
5 Houston Professional Football Scrapbook 1959
Item
6 Anti-Baseball Book 1964-1965
Item
7 Billie Joyce (Smith) Kirksey Scrapbook 1945-1946
Item
8 Billie Joyce (Smith) Kirksey Scrapbook 1946-1947
Item
9 Billie Joyce (Smith) Kirksey Scrapbook 1947-1949



Miscellaneous [1940?-1971]

Scope and Contents
This series includes items of an ephemeral nature, collected in one box for safekeeping. Items are not dated. There are 9 items in this series. Included are a handkerchief, a copper-colored piece of metal, two attaché cases, two wallet-sized photograph holders, and a binder. There is also a certificate that has been placed in the box because it is oversized, as well as an envelope containing coins from various European countries.
Box
16 Miscellaneous Items