Category Archives: Negro Leagues

Nashville High School Players in Major League Baseball

Nashville connections to major league baseball often includes players from Vanderbilt, Belmont, and Lipscomb – those are the ones who receive most of the attention, and rightfully so, and in light of the recent success of all three programs. There are 50 players who played at least one game in the majors who played at Vandy, six from Lipscomb, and Belmont, three.

In stepping back and compiling a list of major league players from Nashville high schools, that number might not be as many as you think. Currently there are 33 high schools in Nashville/Davidson County, but there were many over the years which are no longer in existence. Would you care to venture a guess as to how many major league players went to a Nashville high school?

According to,, and, the number is 38 (revised to 40 – thanks for your feedback!), and here’s the list:

Tom Bolton, Antioch

Dawson “Tiny” Graham, Bowen Prep

Jim Turner, Cane Ridge

Bob Montgomery, Central

Wayne Garland, Cohn

Clydell Castleman, Donelson

Bronson Heflin, Donelson Christian

Jerry Bell, DuPont

George Archie, Father Ryan

Jim Cosman, Father Ryan

Charlie Harding, Fogg

Bill McTigue, Fogg

Logan Darnell, Goodpasture Christian

Pete Charton, Hillsboro

Mike Willis, Hillsboro

William Brennan, Hillwood

Clyde McCullough, Hume

Johnny Beazley, Hume-Fogg

Clarence Jonnard, Hume-Fogg

Claude Jonnard, Hume-Fogg

Mickey Kreitner, Hume-Fogg

Jim Zapp, Immaculate Mother Academy

Bob Tillman, Isaac Litton

R. A. Dickey, MBA

Ben Harris, MBA

Penn Murfee, MBA

Andrew Triggs, MBA

Noodles Hahn, MBA

Charlie Moran, Nashville/Tennessee Military Institute

Mookie Betts, Overton

Sam Ewing, Overton

Charlie Mitchell, Overton

John Mitchell, Overton

Jim Gilliam, Pearl

Butch McCord, Pearl

Bruce Petway, Pearl

Turkey Stearnes , Pearl

Michael Coleman, Stratford

Bob Fisher, Wallace University School

Johnny Gooch, Wallace University School

Should you find an error or wish to add a player/school to this list, please contact Skip Nipper: [email protected]

© 2022 by Skip Nipper. All Rights Reserved

Comments Off on Nashville High School Players in Major League Baseball

Filed under Biography, History, Local Amateur Baseball, Negro Leagues