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|Your Webmaster "Prentis Ollis" remembers Sidney Hatfield as a great basketball player at Porterdale in the mid-late 1940's. Sidney was a couple of years ahead of me in school. When we were at basketball practice I was always awed when Sidney would walk out to center court and sink 8 out of 10 goals. I always wanted to emanate Sidney. I had heard over the years that he became a great baseball player while attending college at the University of Tennessee. I was elated when I was surfing the Internet and found that Sidney was the most outstanding player for Tennessee in 1951, while playing first base, in the NCAA Baseball Championships. However, I was very sadden to find Sidney's obituary, which I have posted below.|
Sid Hatfield, age 73 of Knoxville, died unexpectedly January 25, 2003. He was a member of Church Street United Methodist Church. Mr. Hatfield was a US Army veteran serving in Korea and remained active in the US Air National Guard Reserve Unit attaining the rank of Lt. Colonel. He was a graduate of the University of Tennessee and member of the baseball team where he was named MVP of the 1951 College World Series. He began his career as teacher and coach at Rule High School before being hired by Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville to teach and coach baseball and basketball. In 1966, he returned to Knoxville to coach where he coached basketball, baseball and golf during his career.
Preceded in death by a granddaughter, Heather Lynn Hatfield.
Mr. Hatfield is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol; sons, Bill Hatfield and his wife, Cheryl, of Knoxville and Jeff Hatfield of Charlotte, NC; daughter, Kim Hatfield-Gray of Knoxville; grandchildren, Patrick Ryan Gray, Kiley Gray, Christopher Hatfield and Sidney Hatfield; and many nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will meet at Tennessee Veterans Cemetery Wednesday for a 1:30 p.m. graveside service with Rev. William J. Fowler and Rev. Cable W. Trent officiating. Military honors presented by Volunteer State Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Soup Kitchen Fund, Church St. United Methodist Church, 900 Henley St., Knoxville, Tenn. 37902, or Special Olympics of Greater Knoxville, P.O. Box 51561, Knoxville, Tenn. 37950. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel.