The Presbyterian College baseball program started in 1911 and Marshall Williams was their first player to make it to the Major League level.
How exactly did they become known as the Blue Hose? An excerpt from their site (link here) explains: It has been asked many times where Presbyterian College received itís nickname, Blue Hose. Several rumors exist. One story has it that the Presbyterian Scotch-Irish wore blue stockings in the Puritan beginnings of our country. Another says that a fierce war-like band of Scotch-Irish named the Hose painted their entire bodies blue before going into battle. Yet, probably the true story lies in a letter dated June 15, 1935, written by then athletic director Walter Johnson to an inquiring English professor in Virginia...[quoting from Walter Johnsonís letter] 'It was about the second or third year, 1915, if I remember right, Stockings. I think it happened this way: I changed uniform colors to blue, wearing blue stockings and jerseys, and some sports writer started calling in his articles the Presbyterian College teams the Blue Stockings.' ...In later years "Stocking" became abbreviated to "the Hose," particularly in newspaper headlines, and was more or less officially adopted by the student body in the late 50ís.>
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