- Associated Press - Friday, July 22, 2016

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. (AP) - The eastern Tennessee city of Elizabethton will dedicate a historical marker to the Blue Grays, a semiprofessional baseball team of local black players who defeated some of the top black teams in the South in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

A celebration will take place Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Blue Grays Field to honor the team, The Johnson City Press reported (https://bit.ly/29ZkBn8 ). A state historical marker next to the field will be dedicated during the event.

Jacey Augustus, who spearheaded the initiative, spent more than 15 years researching the team and talking to former players.

The marker will include will have the team’s story on the front and the names of as many of the players that have been discovered during research by Augusts and the Cedar Grove Foundation.

The Blue Grays players were from the Tri-Cities region that includes the cities of Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol.

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Information from: Johnson City Press, https://www.johnsoncitypress.com

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