Tuesday, June 7, 2016

1929 East Tennessee Colored League

In 1929 Professor James Beck became the president of the East Tennessee Colored League, an eight team amateur loop in the greater Knoxville area.  The Park City Cubs, managed by Cicero Frazier, won the championship at the end of September.  In July of that year there were at least 11 amateur leagues in and around the city.

From census records and WWI Draft Registration Card,  we see that Cicero Frazier was born about 1895, was a tile layer for a furniture company and lived on Martin Mill Road with his in-laws (1920 Census).  Ten years later he was a laborer in the construction industry, living on Bethel Street (1930 Census).  He died on January 19, 1944, at his home on Bethel Avenue in Knoxville (death certificate which states his year of birth as 1897).

From the Papers to Pixels Project of the Knox County Public Library.

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