By Tim O’Malley
In the early years of Nordheim, when businesses lined the dirt streets, when cotton was king and the railroad served the community, baseball and softball were the entertainment of the day and a good reason to gather at the park.
O.J. “Jr.” Janssen of Yorktown (93 years old) said, “The whole community went. It was the only entertainment people had. Grandpas and grandmas came. Nordheim had a grand stand and concession stand. One time they had a border fence. It used to be where the tractor pull is held today. The balls would go underneath the shooter’s club because home plate was opposite of the field. The people in the bar could look out the window to watch the game.”
Some of the townspeople of Nordheim estimated the Nordheim Tiger baseball team started in 1905 with the Bluebonnet League. Teams included Port Lavaca, Victoria, Falls City, Jourdanton, Poth, and Runge.