Steph Posted June 8, 2010 Report Share Posted June 8, 2010 It's that time again! The National Marbles Tournament is almost here. This article in the Beckley, WV Register-Herald is way cool. Straight Shooters I wanted to say more about it but I can't organize my thoughts very well right now. It's just cool. It mentions Debra and Whitney - shows that adorable baby photo where Whitney is already trying to shoot marbles at 9 months of age - and already has better form than I ever will! LOL And it talks about George Springer of Beckley, including a story of how he helped Debra on her quest for the national title. I've read so many articles written by him, from back in the 50's and thereabouts. He was a sportswriter. At times he called himself the marbles editor. Sixty years ago Beckley, WV showed how community support built marble champs. I don't remember right at this moment how many national champions their area had but it was at least a few. AND Debra shows how community support builds marble champs now. Since her win in '73 she has coached 15 more national champions starting when she was still a teenager. In a sad development, her town has lost its 80-year sponsor due to the tough economy, but I'm sure she's gonna get her local kids to nationals. This article is a window into the past, present and possibly the future of marble playing. So enjoy! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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