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Coming of age with baseball wisdom
Steverson’s Negro League book, contacts make impression on grandson


Donating his Negro League book to Farragut Middle School and Farragut Intermediate School during ceremonies May 23 and 24, Bryan Steverson is pictured at FMS May 23 with granddaughter, Sabel, 10, and daughter, Beth Mattingly.- Alan Sloan/farragutpress
Bryan Steverson’s book, on how Negro League baseball players overcame obstacles to excel, is just what the grandson ordered, so to speak.

Steverson’s grandson, 12-year-old Brookes Mattingly of Farragut, has learned how to throw a sharp curveball and fight off shyness thanks, in part, to meeting roughly 25 former Negro League players in recent years.

And has “met” more by reading his grandpa’s book.

“When we went to Eugene ‘Pop’ Jones’ house … he was teaching me how to throw a curveball,” Brookes said about the former Negro League player living in Knoxville. “I just remember him teaching me how to throw that ball, and it’s very exciting for me because now I throw a very well-done curveball.”



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