The Brimstone Museum’s The History Of Baseball in SWLA opening ceremony on Saturday, June 3, was an absolute triumph. With a remarkable turnout of over 300 visitors and their families from various locations in SWLA, the event received tremendous support from friends, family, and loved ones. The families of renowned Big Leaguers Alvin Dark and Wally Hebert were present to pay homage to their departed loved ones and assist in gathering valuable information and artifacts for the exhibit. Likewise, the family of Ernest Chretien, a distinguished figure in The Negro League, traveled from far and wide to honor his memory and provide their support.
The event was graced by the presence of several former Big Leaguers, including Pat Rapp, Scott Brown, Wade LeBlanc, Blake Trahan, and Ray Fontenot. Additionally, Justin Brashear, a former standout of Team USA and the Minor Leagues, attended the event.
Sulphur Mayor Danahay had the honor of presenting the Keys to the City of Sulphur to Sam Moore, the former head coach of Sulphur High, in recognition of the program’s unparalleled success in baseball during his tenure. The keys were also given to Warren Arceneaux and Rodrick Anderson, sports writers from the American Press, for their significant contributions to SWLA baseball throughout the years.
Lastly, the inaugural Brimstone Legacy Award was presented to Glenn and Raissa Cecchini for their contributions to the continuous success of baseball in SWLA. Since the year 2000, SWLA has consistently surpassed other regions in the state by sending more teams to the State Tournament. In 2023 alone, eight SWLA teams qualified for the tournament, and Barbe and Iowa High Schools emerged as State Champions in their respective divisions. Notably, Barbe High School secured their fourth National Title proclaimed by MaxPreps.
The exhibit runs through Saturday, Aug. 5.
The Museum is located at 900 S. Huntington St. in Sulphur Museum hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and closed for lunch from 12-1 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
If you want to do a group tour with your team, school, church or organization or if you are in town for tournaments, call 337-527-0357 – schedule an appointment and get a tour by one of the staff members!
Admission is free!