Clarksville in Montgomery County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
Steve Enloe Wylie
Born May 7, 1911 in Clarksville, Tennessee, and reared on Cedar Street, Steve Enloe Wylie, attended segregated Burt School for both his primary and secondary education. While attending school, he played semi-pro baseball for the Clarksville Stars from 1927 to 1930. In 1933 he graduated from Burt High School. As the first African American professional baseball player from Clarksville, he pitched in the America's Negro Baseball Leagues. He played pro baseball for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League from 1945 to 1947, with teammates Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson.
He also played in Canada from 1947 to 1956 for the North Battleford Beavers and the Winnipeg Bucs of Sasquatchan. A major highlight of Wylie's career came in 1952 when he struck out 23 batters. The Atlanta Braves Baseball Club honored Wylie as one of the forgotten baseball greats in 1989. On June 12, 1990, Clarksville City officials honored him and declared that day as Negro Baseball Players Day. Steve Enloe Wylie died in Clarksville on October 26, 1993.
Erected by Tennessee Historical
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Sports. In addition, it is included in the Tennessee Historical Commission series list.
Location. 36° 32.345′ N, 87° 21.797′ W. Marker is in Clarksville, Tennessee, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Tennessee Route 76 and Patrick Street, on the right when traveling west on State Route 76. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: North 2nd Street, Clarksville TN 37040, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Emerald Hill (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Riverview Cemetery (approx. ¼ mile away); Smith-Trahern Mansion (approx. 0.3 miles away); Town of Cumberland (approx. half a mile away); Tobacco Trade and the Rivers (approx. half a mile away); Bringing the War to Clarksville (approx. 0.6 miles away); Freedmen's Camp and the USCT (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Defiance Interpretive Center (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clarksville.
Credits. This page was last revised on May 15, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 18, 2020, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. This page has been viewed 49 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on May 14, 2020, by Darren Jefferson Clay of Duluth, Georgia. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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