Records from the early years of the Tennessee baseball program aren't always easy to come by. Because there is no central database for information like game times, locations or in some cases scores, there are a number of holes in the Volunteer record book prior to the 1965 campaign.
Fortunately there are Tennessee fans like Mark Aubrey, who runs www.oldknoxvillebaseball.blogspot.com
, an online repository for his research regarding the history of baseball in East Tennessee.
Most recently, Aubrey uncovered an article (pictured below) from "The Journal and Tribune," a Knoxville paper which was published from 1898-1924. The story provided a date for a long-forgotten game against Johnson Bible College. Because of Aubrey's research, we now know that the contest took place on April 17, 1917.
While just one piece in the very long process of creating a complete history of Tennessee baseball, Aubrey's research helped us get one step closer.
Anyone who has information regarding the early years of the Vol baseball program (specifically before 1965), is encouraged to contact assistant media relations director Cameron Harris at CHarri48@utk.edu.