Steve Wylie

751 North 2nd Street, Clarksville, TN 37040


Born May 7, 1911, in Clarksville, Tennessee, Steve 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. 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 Memphis Red Sox and Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League from 1944 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.

A Tennessee Historical Commission marker is located in front of Emerald Hill Mansion on North Second Street.

Heritage Park Sports Complex Baseball Field #3 is dedicated to him. Visitors can see the field from dawn to dusk at 1241 Peachers Mill Road.