Vol 8, No 314
November 10, 1837
Rangers take on Cherokee in Stone Houses Fight
Today in Sports
David Robinson, No 44, honored by the Spurs
SAN ANTONIO (2003)
On this date in 2003, The San Antonio Spurs officially retired number 50, the number worn by David Robinson, The Admiral. In his 14 years with the Spurs, The Admiral became the Spurs' all time leader in games (987), points, rebounds, blocks and steals. He became an NBA All-Star 10 times, and in 1995, was the first Spur ever to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player award. Robinson played on two NBA Championship teams (1999 and 2003.
Following his first round draft pick in May 1987, Robinson enter a two-year committment with the navy, for which was affectionately dubbed "The Admiral" by his teammates.
Off the basketball court, Robinson help to found the Carver Academy school in East San Antonio.
Born This Date
Future Rangers Pitcher, Kenny Rogers born
SAVANNAH, GA (1964)
On this date in 1964, baseball's Kenny Rogers was born in Savannah, Georgia. In 1982, Rogers was drafted in the 39th round by the Texas Rangers. In 1994, he accomplished one of baseballs rarest milestones, a perfect game.
A perfect game occurs when none of the opposing batters get on base, not by a hit, walk, bunt, error or hit by pitch. That is 27 batters up, and 27 batters sat down. Rogers was only the 14th pitcher in Major League Baseball history to pitch a perfect game.
Architech, Ralph Haywood Cameron born
SAN ANTONIO (1892)
On this date in 1892, Ralph Haywood Cameron was born in San Antonio. In 1914, Cameron opened his architectural practice in San Antonio, and over the years designed numerous homes and buildings, including the King Ranch main house, Frost Brothers Store, and the U.S.Post Office building in San Antonio.
The Stone Houses Fight
ARCHER CITY (1837)
On this day in 1937, a force of 18 Texas Rangers battled a force of about 150 Indians (Toweash, Wacos, Keechis, and Caddos), in what would later be called the Stone Houses Fight. The Indians were spotted with women, children and a large number of horses headed Northeast near present day Archer County. The Indians spotting the rangers position in a rock formation known as Stone Houses, charged the Rangers, and quickly surrounded them.
At a break in the fighting, Ranger William Nicholson stepped up to talk to the Indians, who then demanded the surrender of Felix McCluskey who a week before killed and scalped an Indian guide. The Rangers refused and the fight continued.
One of the Indians chiefs, bravely rode his horse rapidly through the ravine in front of the Rangers, causing the Ranger to waste much of their needed ammunition. Eventually, a veteran Indian fighter fired his rifle killing the Chief. Several Indians were shot trying to retrieve the chief's body. Soon the Indians crept up on foot, and the fighting intensified.
In the initial fight, that lasted an hour and a half, four Rangers were killed, along with six horses. But within 15 minutes the Indians had set the brush and grass on fire blowing thick smoke onto the Ranger's position and leaving only one route of escape into a prairie surrounded by Indians ready with bow and arrow.
Fearing the fast loading bow and arrow more than rifles, the Rangers charged on foot through the flames and smoke into a band of over 50 Indians waiting in the distance. Six more Rangers were shot and killed in their attempt to escape through the smoke and flames.
Eventually eight of the original eighteen Rangers made their way into the timbers beyond the Indians. The Indians broke off their pursuit, likely because they had had enough, having lost 50 of their own men on this day. One of the survivors was Feliz McCluskey, the Irishman who seemed to be at the root of the Indian vengence in the first place.