Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Play Ball! "Johnny Beazley and Baseball in Tennessee"

Opening February 4th, the Tennessee State Library and Archives presents a new exhibit: “Johnny Beazley and Baseball in Tennessee.”

This exhibit offers baseball researchers and fans a rare opportunity to follow the career of a major league baseball player, local business owner, and civic leader. This new exhibit tells the story of Nashville native Johnny Beazley, major league baseball pitcher from the 1940s, and features items from the John Andrew Beazley collection.

Start your journey with Johnny’s high school days at Hume-Fogg and his time in the minor leagues. Celebrate his triumphant victory in the World Series 1942, where he earned the nickname “Yankee Killer” for his performance against the New York Yankees. Stand with him during his military service in World War II. And follow his post-war return to baseball, retirement, and civic service.

“Johnny Beazley and Baseball in Tennessee” weaves the history of Beazley’s baseball career together with other baseball topics of the era, such as Sulphur Dell baseball stadium, the Negro Leagues and integration of baseball, and the business side of professional baseball. Come explore Johnny Beazley’s story.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.

The State Library and Archives is a division of the Tennessee Department of State and Tre Hargett, Secretary of State.

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