5th Annual Nancy Hayes Memorial Baseball Tournament Gets Underway

May 3, 2007

Karns -- It truly was a special night at Powell-Levi Field near the Karns community.

The 5th annual Nancy Hayes Memorial Baseball tournament got underway. Lenny Hayes founded the tournament five years ago, naming the event after his daughter Nancy, who died shortly after being born.

In it's short history, the tournament has raised more than $80,000 for Children's Hospital. Teams all over the southeast converge at the park for the tournament. Over 1,000 kids are expected to participate.

Former Major League great Graig Nettles made a special appearance Thursday night. The longtime New York Yankee threw out the first pitch.

Sports Overtime caught up with Nettles after signings hundreds of autographs. When asked about Barry Bonds and his quest to break Hank Aaron's all-time home run record of 755 round-trippers, Nettles said, "My thoughts is I hope he doesn't do it. I think of two people in baseball that are home run champions. One is Roger Maris. The other is Hank Aaron. And I just think alot of this stuff going on the last five, or six, or seven, eight years has hurt the game with all the steroids and these guys doing all these things. So I really won't get excited when Barry Bonds breaks the record."

Nettles spent 22 seasons in the Major Leagues. His best years came as a New York Yankee, where he wore pinstripes from 1973-1983. Nettles had power, hitting 390 career home runs. A third baseman, Nettles played the hot corner as good as anyone, compiling a career .964 lifetime fielding percentage

A native of San Diego, Nettles now resides in Lenoir City.

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