Joe George to be inducted into TSSAA Hall of Fame

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Marshall County High School baseball coach Joe George at his last game on Thursday May 7, 2009 at Page High School.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

Longtime Marshall County High School head baseball coach Joe George has been selected as one of five inductees into the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Hall of Fame Class of 2019.

George will be inducted along with Jim Barr, administrator from Nashville; Ike White, administrator from Memphis; Tommy Colvin, coach from Humboldt; Mickey Marley, coach from Jackson; Hubie Smith, coach from Nashville; and Tom Weathers, coach from Chattanooga at the annual ceremony at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in Murfreesboro on Saturday, April 13.

“I’m really excited and wasn’t expecting this,” George said. “We have been fortunate to have great kids here and some really good coaches to help me.”

“And we have always had a great fan base that wasn’t just good at home games, we would have just as many of our fans at road game as the home team did.”

George coached the Tiger baseball team for 37 years before retiring in May of 2009.

Under George’s tutelage the Tigers captured 22 district tournament titles, 21 region tournament crowns, and made 12 state tournament appearances.

Marshall County won its first state championship in 1983 with a 31-0 record before capturing back-to-back crowns in 1993 and 1994.

“We always thought the hard part was getting there,” George said. “Because for 10 straight years we had to beat either Brentwood Academy (7 titles) or Lipscomb (5 titles) before we got there.”

The 1993 title team consisted of Kevin Osborne, Tommy Wallace, Steve Hobbs, Kurt Brock, Bryan Harwell, Sean Whaley, Jeff Isley, Frank Kilpatrick, Scotty Crawford, Eddie Cashion, Keith Stacey, Mark Montano, Kevin Stacey, Joe George, Kevin McGehee, Bubba Griffin, Terry Gentry, Brad Gatlin, Eric Ervin, Neal Foster, Scotty Liggett, and Steve Reese.

The Tigers posted a record of 26-3 in 1993 and bettered that mark with a 30-2 finish in 1994.

MCHS has also been runner-up four times and finished in third place three times.

Joe George throws out the first pitch to kick off the 2011 MCYBSL State Tournament at Richard Cashion Park in Lewisburg.

“It changed a lot in 37 years,” George said. “I remember starting my first year with just 10 kids and no money. We only played 13 or 14 games and had to go out and fundraise just to get gas to go there.”

“Soon after that, we had as many as 50 kids come out and we started to have to cut kids.”

The Hall of Fame luncheon will begin at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 13. The luncheon is to not only honor the new inductees and their families, but to honor all past inductees into the TSSAA Hall of Fame. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, February 4. You may purchase the tickets at $35.00 each by visiting (www.tssaa.org). Please print off the ticket form and mail it to the TSSAA office along with a check or money order. All ticket orders will be available for pick-up on the day of the luncheon. There will be NO ticket sales at the door.