Today in Rip Payne

18 Apr
by Emma Earnst

On this day in 1946, Rip Payne took in a ball game at Lambeth Field.  The stadium, constructed in 1911 by Robert E. Lee Taylor, was

intended to be the ‘finest athletic stadium in the South and one that compares very favorably with the stadiums at Syracuse and Harvard.’

Named in honor of Dr. William A. Lambeth, the director of athletics at the time, it served as the football stadium until 1931, when Scott Stadium was constructed.  The field continued to serve other sports, including baseball, for many years hence.  In addition to being the premier athletic field of its day, Lambeth also became well-known for hosting, perhaps, one of the first flights to which Charlottesville bore witness (in 1912).

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In researching this entry, I came across the following discussion on regarding Charlottesville businesses (including Keller & George, whose sponsorship is advocated in Payne’s photos), the city/county border, and blogging ethics.  Which has still left me to wonder… what is the oldest Cville business?
In other news, George Reed, who serves as the managing director of Monticello Media (which, consequently, owns WCHV, the radio group picture above) recently wrote an article discussing the Keller Radio Talent Institute at Appalachian State University.  App State, in turn, is the home to History Matters, a historical publication in which my undergraduate thesis was published. Whoa… that’s a lot of coincidences for one day.

3 Responses to “Today in Rip Payne”

  1. Phil James April 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Please, when ordering the ages of Charlottesville businesses, do not place Michie Tavern at the top of the list with more than a century of service, as the local newspaper often does. I have much affection for Michie Tavern, but its recently stated years of active service as a Charlottesville business is not historically accurate.

    • Emma Earnst April 19, 2012 at 7:34 am #

      An excellent point, Phil. Michie Tavern, from what I understand, had a large gap in its service as a “business” — from the mid-1800s to the early 20th century. A number of businesses in the local area seem to fight for the title, and so many come up short when you really dig deep… Just as discusses (see link in article).


  1. Another Tough Loss | Encyclopedia Virginia: The Blog - April 26, 2012

    […] And when you’re done reflecting on the qualities of heroic manhood, check out gorgeous Lambeth Field. It was built in 1911 (by a dude whose name—mostly—was Robert E. Lee) and named for the university’s athletic director. Read more at Albemarle + Charlottesville History. […]

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