I hope there’s baseball in heaven

A Nashville institution, Mr. Joseph E. “Black Cat” Reilly, died earlier this month. Black Cat was a very simple man who spent most of his life selling newspapers downtown, but, his passion was for sports, especially baseball. His friends included former Nashville Sounds owner, Larry Schmittou, and, New York Yankees owner, George Steinbrenner. He also had a special place in his heart for Father Ryan high school, attending nearly every football and basketball game for many years. As far back as I can remember, he was always on the sidelines at the games, making sure everything was going as planned for the Irish.

I know you may not have known him, but, I hope you’ll take a moment to read some of the nice things that have been said about him by the Tennesseean here, and, here and at Father Ryan High School.

Rest in peace, Black Cat.

Edited to add: My 74 year old father told me that Black Cat attended all his (my dad’s) high school games, too.

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