Buck Jones was a pitcher in September 1945 who played for the Rayon Yarns baseball team out of the DuPont plant in Old Hickory. The DuPont team was under the direction of coach Marshall Foster Jr. and manager Paul Toombs. They took first place in the Old Timers’ Junior League for the first half of the season. Jones, who had his eye on the big leagues, was chosen to present Nashville in the All-American boys game played in New York on Aug. 29. Jones was tall, red-haired and worked for the summer in the rayon 2B textile area. It was his second year in the Junior League, and his curve pitches brought him through a great season. He had one no hitter, where he struck out 16 batters. On Aug. 1, the DuPont champions played an all-star team in Sulphur Dell and a committee of Major League scouts chose Jones as the No. 1 player. He left for New York on Aug. 20 to train under Babe Ruth. Pictured in the team photo are (standing) Marshall Foster Jr., Jones, Owen, Henley, Williams, McMahon, Thompson, Woodall, Toombs, (kneeling) Ringpheil, Smith, Shaffer, Finch, Manning, McClintock and Driver. PHOTO COURTESY OF MARGARET MARIE TOOTLE AND DUPONT AND OLD HICKORY ARCHIVES

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