They were called the Meridian Brakemen and they were part of the new upstart Big South independent league. The Big South League lasted for 2 seasons, and began with teams in Clarksville TN, Columbia TN, Greenville MS, Pine Bluff AR, Winchester TN and of course Meridian. The Brakemen were a pretty miserable team during their first season here, going 12-22 during the first half and then 14-22 during the second half. Needless to say, during both halves, the Brakemen hit the brakes and finished dead last.