Major league baseball fans tend to fall into one of two categories: Those who love the New York Yankees and those who loathe the New York Yankees. As a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, Nashville native Johnny Beazley gave the latter group a lot to cheer about when he led his team in two of the four victories over the Yankees in the 1942 World Series.
In winning the series-clinching game, he earned the nickname "Yankee Killer." But that was just one chapter in Beazley's life as a baseball player, business owner, and civic leader. More information about Beazley is now available in a free exhibit, titled "Johnny Beazley and Baseball in Tennessee," on display at the Tennessee State Library and Archives.
This exhibit, which opens today, tells the story of Beazley's career and features items from the John Andrew Beazley Collection.
Visitors can begin their journeys through the exhibit with Beazley's high school days a