Cord-bound, production photo album
1973-1976 · [Flint, Michigan]
by [John Hautala]
Most likely assembled by Kathleen Hautala, chronicling the amateur baseball career of her husband, John Hautala, 1973-1976, with later items laid in. Cord-bound, production photo album, 35.5 by 28 cm, 66 pages [33 leaves] of which 65 are used. Very good with minor wear at the corners. A wonderful scrapbook/photo album of John Hautala's time with the Bishop Contractors team from Flint, Michigan – a great story with a sad ending. The scrapbook proper includes 74 newspaper clippings—primarily from The Flint Journal—many mounted one to a page—60 color photos of the team in action, and some miscellaneous ephemera. The inside of the front cover and one of the pages are covered with 50 cent ticket stubs (presumably ballpark entrance tickets), two player's passes ("good for one female guest only"), four-page stat sheets for the 1974 and '75 Regionals, 56-page programs for the 1974 and '75 Stan Musial Amateur World Series, and stat sheets for the 1975 Stan Musial National Finals. Laid in is a 68-page program for the 1976 Stan Musial Amateur World Series, with stat sheets, a player's pass, 14 ticket stubs, 28 newspaper clippings, two color snapshots of the team on the field, and a black and white team portrait (25.5 by 20.2 cm, corner creases and a 3 cm tear to the top edge). In the pages of this scrapbook we follow the Bishop Contractors team as they clinch their 12th consecutive City Baseball League-West Championship in 1974, and their elimination from the 1974 North Central Regionals in Battle Creek. In 1975 Bishop continued their winning streak and won the Senior Championship of the American Baseball Congress as well. In 1976, Bishop once again took the CBL and Regionals but left the Nationals in defeat. After his amateur baseball career, Hautala joined the Marines. Laid in is a copy of
The Skyline, Navy/Marine news from the Meridan Star (Meridian, Mississippi), from December 14, 1978. A photo of First Lieutenant John A. Hautala is printed along with the article "VT-9 Men of the Month:" "Congratulations to Marine 1/Lt John A. Hautala for receiving VT-9's award for Student of the Month for November 1978. 1/Lt Hautala received this honor as a direct result of his outstanding performance and high degree of proficiency in both academic and flight training phases. Originally from Flint, Michigan, 1/Lt Hautala attended the University of Michigan, majoring in Biology. He was commissioned a Marine Corps Officer in November 1976 in Quantico, Virginia. Previous awards he has received are Student of the Week and the Commodore's List in VT-3 at Whiting Field, Pensacola, Florida. 1/Lt Hautala and wife, Kathy, have been in Meridian since August." Also laid-in, unfortunately, is a Western Union Telegram dated November 5, 1980, from James M. Mead, Colonel, USMC, Commanding. The hand-written and signed Telegram informs Kathy Hautala that John "died on 3 November 1980 approximately 65 miles east of Beaufort, South Carolina. He was the pilot of a government aircraft which crashed at sea and sank" and he was lost at sea. Also included is a typed, signed letter from Lt. Col. G.T. Schmidt expressing his sorrow, giving a few more details of the accident, and relating what a joy John was to have around; "a ray of sunshine wherever he went." The letter has rust marks from a paperclip. It includes the original mailing envelope dated 6 November 1980.
(Inventory #: 3319)