# 42 and the Baseball Jeffcoats
The Jeffcoat brothers are indisputably the Midlands' most successful baseball brothers. Charlie, George, and Bill played in the major leagues after each pitched their high schools to a state championship: Charlie at Batesburg-Leesville and George and Bill at Brookland-Cayce. After high school the brothers tied their laces for the Columbia Mill Ducks in the South Carolina Textile League before moving to "the show." This picture, featuring the brothers in their Ducks uniform, was published in The State on March 31, 1935.
Although famous for his right-handed curveball, George Jeffcoat also has a place in history for being assigned #42 by the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1939 season. It wasn’t until April 15, 1947, that the number was next assigned to a new Brooklyn Dodgers player, Jackie Robinson. After finally being retired in 1997, the number 42 has never been donned again except on Jackie Robinson Day, when all MLB players are invited to wear the number on their team jersey.
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In the heart of South Carolina, Columbia, the state's capital city, boasts an impressive and long-standing baseball history. More like a patchwork quilt than a finely woven ta more...
In the heart of South Carolina, Columbia, the state's capital city, boasts an impressive and long-standing baseball history. More like a patchwork quilt than a finely woven tapestry, the city's baseball character comes from the colorful bits and pieces that have come together over time. Since the emergence of the first recognized teams over a century ago, various clubs have passed through the South Carolina Midlands baseball scene. Despite this somewhat uneven history, Columbia has enjoyed three major eras of athletic success and prosperity: the Columbia Comers, the Columbia Reds/Gems, and the Columbia Mets/Capital City Bombers. These remarkable teams have carried the thrill of the great American pastime to generations of South Carolina fans, who have proudly watched their players win pennants and produce Hall of Fame athletes. less...