Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Clyde Whitehead

Clyde Leon Whitehead

May 24, 1915
Belmont, MS

May 18, 1987
Nashville, TN

1938-39 Red Aces - Nashville (Independent)
1940-41 Cook's All Stars - Nashville (Independent)
1946-47 Square Deal Service Station - Nashville (Independent)
1947-48 Nashville Vols (SPBL)

Whitehill was a talented local athlete who was offered a contract with the New York Yankees to play baseball. He decided to attend the University of Tennessee instead on an athletic scholarship. However, in his first year, he was  diagnosed with a heart murmur and high blood pressure which ended his athletic career at UT. He would play semi-pro baseball and basketball in the 1940's, remaining one of the more popular athletes in Nashville in the 1940's. He would later work for many years as an engine foreman for the L&N Railroad.

Whitehill married Mary Washburn in 1940.

Nashville Tennessean, February 4, 1968


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