WHYNOT, Miss. (WTOK) -- "I graduated from here in 1956. This has a special place in my heart."
Photo Courtesy of Eula Miller
But before she graduated from Whynot High School, Eula took up baseball. Growing up in a household with three brothers, she says she came by it honestly.
"They didn't cut me any slack at all. They told me if you going to play out here, you going to have to learn how to catch the ball and throw the ball and you going to have to hit the ball. And that's how I learned to play the game."
In the fall of 1956, Eula enrolled at East Mississippi Junior College in Scooba. A member of the Lion baseball team also played on a semi-pro baseball team and has a connection with the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. And the rest is history.
"And the did come to pick me up. They got out and came out and came and sat out on the porch, explained the whole deal to my parents and I left with them and I landed in Mexico, Missouri and I started playing with that team. I played two seasons with them."
Eula used the money she earned playing pro baseball to attend and graduate Livingston State College, now the University of West Alabama and went on to teach in the Lauderdale County School District for over three decades. And just a couple of months ago, she traveled to Kansas City for a 75th reunion of the All-American girls league, and she saw some teammates for the first time in 60 years.
"And we reminisced and enjoyed it and they remembered me. But they most remembered that I was from Mississippi. I did not think that I would have an opportunity to play baseball anywhere. Let alone professional baseball. But I did and I'm thankful for that. "
Eula Miller. From a tiny field of dreams in Whynot, Mississippi. to barnstorming the country playing professional baseball in the late 1950's. A pioneer, living out a dream, wile playing a game. Well done.