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Today in Johnson City History: August 17

Rebecca Henderson and Johnson City Press • Aug 17, 2019 at 6:00 AM

Aug. 17, 1893: The East Tennessee, Virginia & Georgia Railway was running trains to the Chicago World’s Fair via the Q&C route to Cincinnati, where close connection was made with three direct routes in Grand Central Station for Chicago.

Aug. 17, 1940: Tony Burazin gave up just two hits as the Johnson City Cardinals squeaked by the Bristol Twins. Louis Lukasiuk scored the only run in the 1-0 victory. Lukasiuk played 18 seasons in the minor leagues from 1937-54.

Aug. 17, 1965: Walter Lee Price, a Johnson City attorney, “presented the Johnson City School System’s final desegregation plan to the United States District Court in Greeneville.” This was 11 years after the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional.

Aug. 17, 2009: East Tennessee State University unveiled plans to build its new baseball stadium without a private partner as previously hoped. The $4.2 million first phase of what would become Thomas Stadium on University Parkway was set to open in time for the 2011 season.

Sources: The Comet; Johnson City Press; Mary Henderson-Alexander.

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