“Richard Schmidt at Newton-Conover [in the Western Carolina League] was a first baseman who ended the  season hitting .333 with 14 triples. He repeatedly told his teammates his ambition in life was to become a bank robber. Little did they know, as they chuckled away, that he had already begun robbing small-town banks around western North Carolina, an activity that continued after the season and eventually landed him in prison.
“Jim Poole [manager of the Rutherford County Owls] told me later it was a crying shame that because there were so few jobs in baseball Schmidt had to go into robbing banks. I joined in lamenting the paucity of jobs in baseball but suggested there might have been something for Schmidt between bank robbery and baseball.”
The Western Carolina League was the primary minor league for the short-lived Continental League, Branch Rickey‘s attempt at forming a third major league.
Buhite, now professor emeritus of history at Missouri University of Science and Technology, played first base and left field for Rutherford County.