Board Member Bart Leathers Has Passed Away

Served As Organization’s President 2015-2016

NASHVILLE, TN – December 26, 2018 – Today has been a tough one for the Nashville Old Timers Baseball Association and so many others, as we mourn the loss of a board member and Old Timers past President, Bart Leathers. Bart passed away suddenly earlier this morning.

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Bart was recently notified that he was the recipient of the Old Timers 2019 “Mr. Baseball” award, one of the highest honors recognized by our organization, and to be acknowledged at our upcoming banquet on January 16.

Please join us in lifting Bart’s wife Marilyn, the Leathers family, and everyone else that Bart touched in thoughts and prayers. Funeral arrangements are forthcoming.

Old Timers Banquet to Feature Sonny Gray. Smyrna and Vanderbilt pitcher was 2015 American League All Star

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NASHVILLE, TN – November 28, 2018 – Major League pitcher Sonny Gray will be featured speaker at the 81st annual Old Timers banquet, scheduled for Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at the Nashville Airport Marriott.

A product of Smyrna High School, Gray was selected to play in the AFLAC All-American High School Baseball Classic. A three-year football letterman as quarterback of Smyrna's 5A State championship teams in 2006 and 2007, he was a four-year letterman in baseball, hitting .518 during his senior year. He was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 27th round of the 2008 amateur draft, but did not sign.

In his first season at Vanderbilt he was named to Louisville Slugger’s Freshman All-American team after going 5-1 with a 4.30 ERA, and was a second-team All-SEC choice as a sophomore when he won 10 games and led the team in strikeouts with 113. He helped the Commodores earn their first College World Series berth his junior year when he had a 12–4 record with a 2.43 ERA and 132 strikeouts.

Drafted by Oakland as the 18th pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, he signed with the Athletics, foregoing his senior year at Vanderbilt. His minor league stops included the Midland Rock Hounds and Sacramento River Cats before he earned a callup to Oakland in 2013. In 2015 he was 14–7 with a 2.73 ERA, was selected to the All Star team, and finished third in the American League Cy Young Award voting. In five seasons with Oakland he was 44-36 before being traded to the New York Yankees on July 31, 2017.

Banquet tickets are now on sale for $75 each and may be purchased from any Old Timers board member. Get them while they last. THiS EVENT WILL SELL OUT! For more information call Old Timers president Nick Hiter (504-1197), Farrell Owens (587-1384) or Rip Ryman (319-8459).

Formed in 1938 by a group of local baseball enthusiasts, the Old Timers organization is one of the oldest such organizations in the United States.

(The Old Timers Baseball Association of Nashville is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all contributions are tax-deductible)

Old Timers Scholarship Application Deadline December 15 

At the annual Old Timers banquet each January scholarships are awarded to worthy high school senior baseball players. Nearly $450,000 has been presented in the past 19 years and we are currently accepting applications for our 2018 honorees.

An application can be downloaded here: 2017 Scholarship Application. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 15!

Recipients are to be recognized at the 80th annual Old Timers banquet, scheduled for Monday, January 15, 2018 at the Nashville Airport Marriott. The featured speaker will be announced soon.

Banquet tickets are $75 each and may be purchased from any Old Timers board member. The doors open at 5:30 PM and the banquet begins at 6:30 PM.

Call Old Timers president Russ Pyles (238-5308), Farrell Owens (587-1384), Rip Ryman (319-8459) or visit www.otbaseball.com for more information.

Formed in 1938 by a group of local baseball enthusiasts, the Old Timers organization is one of the oldest such organizations in the United States, celebrating its 79th year of existence in 2017.

The Old Timers Baseball Association of Nashville is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization and all contributions are tax-deductible