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Moxley, Shelby Lee

(born: 1898  -  died: 1950) 

Shelby L. Moxley, born in Shelby County, was a well known baseball player in the Lexington, KY area. He was a pitcher for the old Hustlers baseball team, and coached the newer Hustlers team. He also played with one of the Lexington Hitters teams in the Bluegrass Colored Baseball League. His nickname was Chief Moxley. Moxley was killed in 1950 in an equipment accident at the Myers Tobacco Warehouse on Old Frankfort Pike in Lexington, KY. He was the husband of Anna Moxley (b.1899 in KY), and the son and oldest child of Shelby (1855-1926, born in KY) and Maggie Sparks Moxley (1859-1928, born in KY) [sources: 1910 Federal Census and Kentucky Death Certificates]. Shelby L. Moxley's arrangements were handled by the Saffell Funeral Home in Shelbyville, KY, and he was buried in the Saffell Cemetery. For more see the last paragraph of B. J. Strider, "Kentucky: Lexington," The Chicago Defender, 02/04/1950, p.22; "Moxley driven from the mound as Hitters beaten," Lexington Leader, 04/13/1931, p.6.


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NKAA Entry: Lexington Hustlers Baseball Team
NKAA Entry: Blue Grass Colored Baseball League
NKAA Entry: Saffell, Daisy M. and George William Saffell
NKAA Source: The Chicago defender (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Lexington leader (newspaper)

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