Caroline County, Virginia — A Baseball Story In 3 Acts
Act 2: “Soup”
Three ballplayers of note have called Caroline County, Virginia home. And, our story starts in Sparta.
Caroline County fills an area of 537 miles and there are only two towns of any size within those confines – Bowling Green, the county seat, population 1,111, and Port Royal, population 197.
About all there is to Sparta, Virginia today is a post office, a couple churches, and a volunteer fire department. It was once a little more than that, but really not so much.
Clarence “Soup” Campbell was born in Sparta in March 1915.
Does everyone with the last name Campbell end up with the nickname “Soup”? (Yes.)