Norman "Butch" Woodnutt Small (1913 - 1995)

 
Norman Small
 
 

Born in the small New York town of Glen Cove, Norman "Butch" Small began his professional career as a pitcher in 1934 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals's farm system with the Martinsville Manufacturers In 1935 he joined the Asheville Tourists in the Piedmont League and played in two other leagues before returning to Martinsville. An injury to his pitching arm, Small switched to the outfield and became a tremendous power hitter.
 
After spending one season with the York White Roses in Pennsylvania in 1936, Small was working in a Landis mill and playing in the Carolina Textile League. With an offer of more playing time, more money and a job in a Mooresville Mill, he jumped ship and became an "outlaw" with the Mooresville Moors for the 1937 season of the Carolina "Outlaw" League. From there he continued his long minor league career as well as serving two years in the Army during World War II. Small played for such teams as the Waterloo Red Hawks (1938), the Durham Bulls (1938), the Columbia Reds (1939), the Meridian Scrappers (1939), the Jersey City Giants (1943), the Hickory Rebels (1951-1952), and ended his career with the Raleigh Capitals in 1953 with a .320 career average and 338 home runs. Small retired to Mooresville where he died in 1995.