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Memory Lane: Davey Bledsoe was one of world's greatest racquetball players

Bill Lane • Sep 26, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Name: Davey Bledsoe

Born: March 7, 1951

Where: Kingsport

Residence: Atlanta

High School/Colleges: Dobyns-Bennett/Tennessee, Milligan, East Tennessee State

Then: Anemic as a teenager, Davey Bledsoe had the desire but not the stamina to be a star athlete. In junior high he stood 5-foot-7 and weighed 98 pounds, and he wasn’t much bigger in high school.

Bledsoe played baseball, ran cross country and gave track a try. His physician recommended that he quit.

It took a few years but that all changed. He remembered his father, Buck, saying: “You’ve got the mark of a great ballplayer.’’

Read the full report in the print edition or the enhanced electronic version of the Kingsport Times-News.

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