CHC - Kerby Farrell, Former VU Coach
May 16, 2007
Kerby Farrell is the only person from Leapwood, Tenn. (McNairy Co.) to have played baseball in a major league uniform. His life began in 1913 and he devoted 42 years to professional baseball. Farrell's last season in the game he loved was at Vanderbilt in 1975 as a Commodore assistant coach to Larry Schmittou.
Gene Menees, former Vanderbilt and Sounds second baseman, was a senior in the year Farrell coached the Commodores. The season had started when Farrell joined the team with an 8-14 record while Menees was batting .235.
In 1944, Farrell was back in the minor leagues with Indianapolis of the American Association. One year later he was back in the "Bigs" with the Chicago White Sox. Farrell appeared in 103 games, batted .258 (102-for-396) with no home runs and 34 RBIs. He fielded an average of .989 for White Sox manager Jimmy Dykes.
George Leonard of the Nashville Banner wrote after Farrell's death this story concerning a Vanderbilt baseball game:
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