Persistence pays off

Sandra ClarkOur Town Neighbors, West Knoxville

Pond Gap neighborhood activist David Williams just never stopped pushing for acknowledgement of early baseball on the west side.

So now it is official. The section of Sutherland Avenue between Jade and Renford roads will also be known as Home Run Alley.

The honorary name, requested by the Pond Gap Neighborhood Association, commemorates the pickup baseball games that were played here in the 1930s, ‘40s and ‘50s.

More than a decade before Jackie Robinson courageously integrated baseball at the professional level, you could find pickup baseball games here in Pond Gap, with white and African-American players playing side by side, said Williams.


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