Historical marker for Elizabethton Blue Grays baseball team unveiled Saturday

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ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL)- It is a baseball team that operated in our region for 20 years starting in the 1930’s and up until recently, little was know about its history.

Saturday morning dozens gathered at Douglas Park to honor the Elizabethton Blue Grays.

The Blue Grays were an independent semi-professional barnstorming baseball team that traveled across the Southeast from 1935 to 1955.

Jacey Augustus, is the director of a foundation that works to collect and preserve local history.

Augustus said about 15 years ago she was talking to a neighbor when she stumbled upon the Blue Grays, a team she had never heard of before.

“The Blue Grays history was almost lost, it was definitely unheard of, and it was rare, so we just want to make sure whatever community you live in, you know what your history is and you take some local pride in it,” Augustus said.

Now the team will forever be etched into Elizabethton’s history with the historical marker that was dedicated on Saturday at Douglas Park.

Augustus told us there is one last living member of the Blue Grays baseball team, a man by the name of Gordon Jackson, who she says now lives out of state.Copyright 2016 WJHL. All rights reserved.

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