Profiles in OC Pioneers Who Were Klan Members: Garland C. Ross, Santa Ana Dentist, Batted Against Walter Johnson

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There is a name on the membership roster of the Orange County chapter of the Ku Klux Klan compiled by the District Attorney's office in the 1920s that matches that of a major league ballplayer. It ain't Arky Vaughn, or even on the same level of major league importance as the Hall of Famer from Fullerton High, but it would still cause waves if I can verify it. The problem, however, is that this ballplayer shared the same name as his father, and we surely don't want to impugn the innocent in this series, do we? All the names of pioneers we disclose are the real McCoy, no chaser.

But since we're talking baseball, let's devote this week's chapter to another baseball player: Garland C. Ross.

Ross never made it to the majors, instead becoming a beloved SanTana dentist. But if anyone remembers him in the present day, it's because he was one of the players in perhaps the greatest pitching performance ever offered by Walter Johnson, the legendary Hall of Fame pitcher and a graduate of Fullerton High.

In 1905, Johnson's Indians faced off against Santa Ana High, captained by Ross. The 15-inning game ended in a 0-0 tie, despite Johnson striking out 27 batters. This remarkable contest makes all of Johnson's biographies, along with this quote from Ross years later:

For the most part, we just went up to the plate, took our three swings, and walked back to the bench. I remember we all kept saying to the next batter, 'He ain't got a thing but a fast ball,' and that was true. But what a fast ball. It came up to the plate like a pea shot out of a cannon.

Johnson went on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Washington Senators; Ross joined the Klan. Fun times!

Tune in every Monday around 5 p.m. for the latest entry exposing Orange County city fathers who were Klan members!

Previous entries:

Ferris F. Kelley, San Juan Capistrano Postmaster
Clyde Fairbairn, Longtime Olive resident/nice guy
Charles McClure, Brea's first police chief
John F. Pieper, Tustin feed store owner, councilmember
William Starbuck, Fullerton school trustee, druggist
Hoyt Corbit, Yorba Linda Pioneer, Fan of Richard Nixon
Lucien Proud, La Habra mayor/school trustee
Albert Hetebrink, Fullerton rancher
Henry W. Head, Orange County godfather
Dr. Roy S. Horton and Marshall Keeler, Santa Ana Unified trustees
Sam Jernigan and Jesse Elliott, Orange County sheriffs
Herman Hiltscher, Fullerton bureacrat
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18 comments
Petit Bourgeois
Petit Bourgeois

What is the difference between the klan and MEChA? Pot meet kettle Gustavo!

mitch young
mitch young

Nice, go after the guy's kid or grand kid, all because his grandfather engaged in his constitutional right to free association.

Course we are all still waiting for the lynching, the cross burning, the cross words directed at a black man. Anything? Anything? 

Oh, and Culichi, the white man invented this thing called 'dental floss' (¿hilo dental?). Use it, and your gums won't bleed on your dental visits.

Newportblue65
Newportblue65

At this point does anybody really CARE about the KKK Gustavo?

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

i love this series. oc prob has enough klan material to make it a permanent weekly series for yrs to come. do we have any bldgs, schools, or streets named after this dental klansman? didn't santana high school have a ross as a baseball coach in the mid-80's? if so, any relationship to the gumbleeder?

mitch young
mitch young

Man, I was getting nervous. No Klan, no Klan. My Monday would be incomplete.

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

uh, ok, Bitch Young, whatever you say....can't say I follow the logic but, ok...

and Bitch Young, I do like to go after the guy's kid just like I do it to my anglo friend whose grandpappy prohibited his dad from dating negras or wabs. Turned out that his papacito married a morena and pissed the fuck out of his anglo-sangron papi. i love to fuck with him on that fact and he, in turn, loves to reminded of just how pendejo people can be. so, if you have such DNA tendencies, i woudl love to joke the fuck out of you as well. the problem would be that you wouldn't be man enough to accept your own history.lastly, can i floss your culo ass?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Only an idiot or a member would ask such a question—so which is it?

gustavoarellano
gustavoarellano

Culichi: Negatory on the streets, but the coach bit might be a promising lead...

Guest
Guest

Hmmm, I didn't even know you were gone. Welcome back GA.

NoSoyRacista
NoSoyRacista

I think Culichi represents GA's core audience.  Angry at the White Man.

Guest
Guest

Classy response. Real classy. I'm not surprised. After all, you are just another GA supporter.

Guest
Guest

I don't know, you might not be a member, but you certainly are an idiot. So why don't you just answer the question?

Culichi1967
Culichi1967

anger at whitey? chale, pendejo. I just laugh and prod all types: negros, crackers, chinos, wabs, basically all asswipes that sound like bitch young..

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