Do you remember The Texacos?

by Carroll Lee Ashburn

The 1963 Texacos from left are (front row) Jim Brownley and Carroll Ashburn; (next row) Tom Evans, James Ashburn, Bill Goss, Ralph Harcum, Doug Walker, Joe Sliakis and Lindsay Woolfolk; (next row) Gene Wilson, William Fithcett, Thomas Hearold, Larry Davenport, Stanley Barrack, Peyton Pittman and John Rice.

For many people living in the Northern Neck now, the word Texacos either has no significance, or they may think of petroleum products.

Most have never heard of the Kilmarnock/Lancaster Texacos men’s fast pitch softball team that made local news while entertaining thousands from 1957 to 1972.

From a humble beginning on an old baseball diamond in Ottomon, the result of a wager between two employees of the Rappahannock Record, “Shorty” McCrobie and “Sonny” McCarthy, a softball powerhouse was formed.

Known up and down the Eastern Seaboard as one of Virginia’s elite…

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