Serbin Jackrabbits Baseball

This afternoon we drove down to La Grange to watch the Serbin Jackrabbits community baseball team take on the Weimar Vets. The Jackrabbits won the game 11-1, and next week they’ll be playing the Shiner Clippers in the first game of the playoffs.

Once upon a time, most communities around Giddings had their own community baseball team. I don’t claim to know all of them, but some of the teams I’ve heard of or have been mentioned by folks that follow my Facebook page include:

  • Burton
  • Concord
  • Elm Creek
  • Fedor
  • Giddings Buffs
  • Ledbetter
  • Lexington
  • Lincoln Continentals
  • Manheim
  • McDade
  • Nechanitz
  • Noack Bears
  • Plum Ravens (I’ve also seen a few references to the Plum Yankees)
  • Smithville
  • Warda Red Birds
  • West Yegua (maybe the same team as Fedor?)
  • Winchester Rifles
  • Warda Red Birds (later the Aces)

Not all of these teams were in the local league, but many were… in the 1970s, the local league was large enough to have a north and south zone (each with six teams) as the page from the April 15, 1971 Giddings Times & News in the gallery below shows.

Today, of the twelve teams that existed 52 years ago in the area, only one remains… the Serbin Jackrabbits. They play in a much further-flung league of only six teams:

  • Austin County (Sealy) Brewers
  • Jackson County Storm
  • New Ulm Firemen
  • Serbin Jackrabbits
  • Shiner Clippers
  • Weimar Vets

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