From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Tinsley, Lee O.

(born: 1969) 

Lee O. Tinsley was born in Shelbyville, KY, where he was an outstanding football and baseball player. By the end of his senior year, the 5'10" Tinsley had accumulated 969 yards on 105 carries as an option quarterback. In baseball, he batted .569, hit 14 home runs, and stole 21 bases.

Tinsley graduated from high school in 1987 and was torn between professional baseball or college football at Purdue University. He decided on baseball and played professionally for 14 seasons; he was selected in the first round of the 1987 June draft by the Oakland Athletics and ended his career in 2000 having played in the Mexican League and the Independent Western League.

After retiring as a player, Tinsley was the Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team's minor league outfield and first base coordinator. He and his family lived in Scottsdale, AZ.

For more see "A's draftee ponders Purdue," Detroit Free Press, 6/04/1987, SPT section, p. 5D (the article has the incorrect height for Tinsley); Lee Tinsley, at the Arizona Diamondbacks' website; Who's Who Among African Americans, 1994-2000; and Lee Owen Tinsley at

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