Saturday, October 18, 2008

Virtual Bike Tour of Baseball Sites - Hempstead Texas

After several days of furious peddling, I've virtually made it to Hempstead Texas. Hempstead is the county seat of Waller County and has a population of about 5,000. It's not far from Houston. According to Wikipedia, Hempstead is known for its watermellons. I've lived in this area for 13 years and I didn't know that. What I know about Hempstead is that it is home to a large Ford dealership, which is owned by Ray Childress. Ray was a defensive lineman for the Houston Oilers from 1985-1996. He does his own television commercials where he promises to "clobber big-city prices". You can call the Clobber Line to get quotes over the phone.

According to, only one person born in Hempstead has ever played major league ball. That was Patrick Newnam who was born in 1880. Hempstead was only 24 years old in 1880 and probably looked just like a town in a Western movie. Newnam played for the St. Louis Browns. He appeared in 123 games between 1910 and 1911, with a batting average of .213. He hit 2 home runs. He died in 1938 in San Antonio.

Here's my updated route. In 10 days of riding, I've covered 69.83 miles in 4 hrs and 32 minutes. Next stop is Brenham Texas, birthplace of Astro's manager Cecil Cooper. Only about 20 miles to go.

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