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Players and great stories in spotlight at museum

You meet so many interesting figures from history in the Negro Leagues Museum. Take Norman “Turkey” Stearnes. He was born in Nashville, played for nearly two decades and is considered among the greatest players of the Negro Leagues. He said that he earned the nickname “Turkey” because he had a “pot belly” as a child, but others suggested it was because of the way he clapped his arms while he ran the bases. His most productive years were as an outfielder for the Detroit Stars, and he was posthumously inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

–Michael Curtis