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Former Tourists manager voted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Former Asheville Tourists manager Billy Southworth has been voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Completing the season with a record of 75-62, Southworth lead the Tourists to the Piedmont League (1920-1955) title in 1935. To win the championship, the team beat the Richmond Colts in the minor league playoffs four games to two.

Southworth is the second manager of the Asheville Tourists to be voted into the Hall at Cooperstown. Asheville’s other Hall of Fame Manager is Sparky Anderson, who managed the Tourists in 1968.

Manager of the early 1940s St. Louis Cardinals Dynasty, he managed 13 seasons in the Majors; including seven seasons over two different stints in St. Louis, KY. His teams grabbed three pennants and two World Series titles.

Said Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. said in a statement issued to the press,

"On behalf of the entire St. Louis Cardinals organization, I would like to offer congratulations to the late Billy Southworth and his family and friends on his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame,"

Continuing his praise, Mr. DeWitt Jr. went on:

"Billy Southworth oversaw one of the greatest eras in Cardinals history and it is gratifying to see his career accomplishments recognized by the Veterans Committee."

Posting a winning 1044-744 record as a Major League manager, Southworth also won another pennant in 1948 while managing the Boston Braves. Billy Southworth passed away in 1969.

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