|Robert "The Bear" Baehr||Switch||Right|
|Deaurhan "Smiley" Crawford||Right||Right|
|Heath "H.I." Farris ~ Captain||Left||Right|
|Scott "Smokey" Herpst||Right||Right|
|David "Buster" Hollis||Right||Right|
|Gene "Sweet Willie" Ingram||Right||Right|
|Geoffrey "Chaucer" Millener||Right||Right|
|John "Soleman" Neal||Switch||Left|
|Billy "Big Skeet" Bradshaw||Right||Right|
|Geoffrey "Sloth" Wilson||Right||Right
|Luke "Brisket" Murphy||Right||Right|
|Charles "Bugs" Klasman||Right||Right|
Rob “The Bear” Baehr
Rob was born in 1834 in the most mountainous region of the Catskills in Andes, New York. He grew up amongst the saw and grist mills of the small town. As a young man his family travelled south and eventually settled in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was able to find steady work at the local mill just across town on Lightfoot Mill Road. Not simply known for his imposing size, he was a hard and tireless worker and quickly became a favorite at the mill. It was said that when the days work had to get done, the foreman would yell “Get me the Bear!”
Hearing about the new gentleman’s game called base ball and he could not fight the urge to join. Rob “The Bear” Baehr is an original member of the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga. Drawing from his experience and physical demands of his job; just as his name would suggest, “The Bear” stands tall as the third baseman and fearless challenges ever whizzer, corker, and stinger that comes his direction.
William “Sweet Willie” Ingram
William was born in 1832 in the hills of Buncombe County North Carolina. He spent his youth working on the family tobacco plantation. He was well-educated, a talented musician, and even a skilled swordsman in the Spanish art of fencing with the foil and rapier. Considered quite a cavalier gentleman about town, he had a taste for the finer things: a good cigar, a strong steed, fine clothing, Tennessee bourbon, the new found sport of base ball, and beautiful ladies.
During the summer of 1862, the 60th North Carolina Infantry Regiment recruited men in Asheville and the counties of Madison, Buncombe, and Polk, and a small number were from Tennessee. William joined the regiment where his skills served him well on the battlefield. The 60th fought at Stones River, served in Mississippi, and participated in the campaigns of the Army of Tennessee from Chickamauga to Bentonville.
After his service, William returned to Chattanooga, Tennessee. He had passed through the Scenic City several times during his service and was always taken aback by the beautiful vistas and courteous nature of the Southern Belles. Possessing a distinct southern charm and sophistication that holds the attention of those precious Southern Belles, it leaves no question as to why he carries the name “Sweet Willie”.
William “Sweet Willie” Ingram is an original member of the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga. He displays strong, steadfast hands and a quick willow that packs a wallop. “Sweet Willie” always comes to the aide of his fellow ballists with his quick wit or a sturdy drive of the onion into the deep weeded pasture.
Heath “H.I.” Farris
*photo taken in 1864 at Johnson’s Island prison camp in Ohio by Professor G.B. Smith
Heath was born June 12, 1833 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His childhood was simple enough. There were few distractions so as not to ruin his appreciation of the finer things. As a young man he made his way to the New Mexico Territory where he settled down in what later became known as Arizona. Maybe it was Utah.
Soon after his arrival, he ran afoul of the law. As the story goes, while wearing a disguise of hosiery, H.I. robbed the local mercantile and took whatever cash was available. The authorities made chase, but he eluded capture by forcing his way into a passing wagon, then fled on foot through the local market. Other reports indicate this was not H.I.’s only infraction. He was questioned about a matter of assault and battery to which he was quoted as saying “He was provokin’ me.” On a separate occasion, while authorities searched for two of his former associates, H.I. was considered a potential accomplice in the armed robbery of a small bank in La Grange. The most serious account suggested that H.I. was a possible suspect in a local kidnapping. Records show the missing child was returned, unharmed, with no questions asked. The investigation was closed with no charges filed and no arrests.
Some years later H.I. returned to Chattanooga, Tennessee, leaving his troubled past behind. When asked about the events of his youth he recalled that it seemed like a dream and pondered “Was I just fleein’ reality, like I know I’m liable to do?”
Heath “H.I.” Farris is an original member of the Lightfoot Club of Chattanooga. He stands fearless as the first baseman and is top rail whether it is facing hot balls from the bat or holding the swiftest thrown balls from the field while holding his place on the base.