Sports Expert John Guinozzo Opens Library Exhibit with Baseball Presentation

John Guinozzo in the Press Box

A man described as our city's "walking, talking baseball encyclopedia" will make a presentation on — you guessed it, baseball history — July 7th at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library to kick off the library's exhibit on "Baseball Memphis."

John Guinozzo is known to thousands of Memphians as the official scorekeeper at Memphis Redbirds and Grizzlies games and the statistician for just about all the University of Memphis Tigers teams. On Thursday, July 7th, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Guinozzo will discuss his museum-quality collection of sports memorabilia, which will be on display on the fourth floor of the library through the month of July.

Guinozzo estimates that he has kept score at more than 5,600 games over a 41-year career. "Baseball is my number-one love, and what I always wanted to do," he says. That love of sports extends to record-keeping for the Olympics, the Pan-American games, and even international baseball. He is the author of numerous articles and books on the sport, including The Memphis Baseball Encyclopedia, published in 2005.  Autographed copies of that book will be available for sale after the presentation.

Just how well does Guinozzo know baseball? Just Ask Vance. "One of my readers had an odd question a couple of years ago," says our magazine's history columnist, Vance Lauderdale. 'They wanted to know the score of a game played between the old Memphis Chicks and some Nashville team back in 1954. Too weary to find this information myself, I asked John about it, and within an hour he not only gave me the score, of course, but told me the exact time the game started and ended, and provided both teams' lineups, the temperature, and even the weather conditions that day, among other details. He is truly amazing."

Mark your calendars: Thursday, July 7th, at the main library. It's not every day that you get to see a "walking, talking encyclopedia."


Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

Theatre Roundup

If there was ever a week to go to the theater in Memphis, this is it.
2015.11.18 11:06 AM

Five Things To Do This Weekend in Memphis November 20th-22nd

Be thankful for a grand slam Memphis weekend.
2015.11.19 02:00 PM

Johnny Cash in Cooper-Young

Local organizations have started a fundraising effort to put a statue of the music legend at the corner of Cooper and Walker.
2015.05.05 12:52 PM
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Related Stories

Local Artist Has Hit with Adult Coloring Books

Jenean Morrison will hold an open studio/coloring book signing on Saturday, November 28th. Coloring books, prints, paintings, and fabrics will be for sale.
2015.11.24 11:40 AM

Window to our World

A new web site offers an abundance of information on who we are, and how we can make life in the Mid-South better.
2015.11.23 08:00 AM

Cast Your Vote for Memphis’ Best Restaurants

Let your voice be heard! Our readers restaurant poll is open until November 30th.
2015.11.20 01:17 PM

Add your comment:
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The “Memphis” magazine staff blog

About This Blog

“901” is the current affairs blog compiled by the staff of Memphis magazine, where readers can find breaking-news tidbits relating to all facets of life in the Bluff City. 

Edited by Shara Clark, Memphis magazine’s associate editor, this blog’s regular participants include long-time Memphis editors such as Michael Finger, Jackson Baker, Frank Murtaugh, and Kenneth Neill. “901” also includes regular contributions from Inside Memphis Business staffers Richard Alley and Eileen Townsend, as well as the staff of the Memphis Flyer.

Every Thursday our calendar editor, Julie Ray, posts her picks for the weekend's events and activities.

“901” is the place where Memphis readers can “dial in” to find fresh reporting of recent developments in our city’s political, economic, and cultural life.

Recent Posts



Atom Feed Subscribe to the 901 Feed »

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags