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Wilmer Mizell button, ca. 1968-1972; 5.5 cm.
Lew Powell Collection

Wilmer "Vinegar Bend" Mizell pitched for the Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets, and St. Louis Cardinals. Although an Alabama native, Mizell moved to Midway, North Carolina, in Davidson County, after retiring from baseball and ran for Congress, serving from 1969 to 1973. He also served in the Ford, Reagan, and Bush presidential administrations.