The Somerset Ball: From Wiffle Ball to Brooks Stadium, a Journey to the 1970 KHSAA Tournament
Presented by Mikel D. Smith
Memories of growing up and playing baseball in Paducah in the 1960s.
Paducah, Kentucky, was the kind of town in Middle America where the Khoury and Little Leagues developed young athletes. The Paducah youth leagues had produced outstanding all-star teams, American Legion teams, and even one high school state champion. However, not much was expected for our 1970 Paducah Tilghman high school team, which had few returning players and a new coach. The entire season would turn into an experiment for all of us. But despite a season of inconsistent play and some untimely bad breaks, our team scrambled its way through the competitive district and regional play-offs and into one of the most interesting Kentucky state baseball tournaments in history. The tournament was one of the most memorable in Kentucky sports history, including teams from Madisonville, Louisville Trinity, Lexington Lafayette, Somerset, Russell, Covington Catholic, Elizabethtown and Paducah Tilghman.
This program remembers life in Paducah and is a tribute to the great players across the State as told through photographs, statistics, news accounts and memories of the 1960s.
Mikel D. Smith, MD is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Cardiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, KY. He grew up in Paducah, KY where his father, Charles G. Smith was Head of the Biology Department at PCC. Mikel graduated from Tilghman in 1970 and Murray State in 1973.
Mike grew up playing baseball in the Khoury/Pony/Colt system at Nobel Park and played third base for the 1970 Tornado team that reached the finals of the KHSAA State Tournament.
July 14, 2016 | 7:00 pm | 2nd Floor meeting room
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