Local sports legend shares collection of Memphis baseball history
He’s a walking, talking encyclopedia on Memphis baseball. Ask statistician and sports expert J.J. Guinozzo a question on local baseball history, and he’ll likely have the answer, along with a story or two.
“Baseball is my number one love and what I always wanted to do,” said the official scorer. Guinozzo estimates keeping score for more than 5,600 games over 41 years and counting. Today, in addition to baseball, he also officially scores Memphis Grizzlies basketball games and leads the statistician crew for the University of Memphis sports teams. Guinozzo’s resume goes on to include record keeping for the Olympics, the Pan American Games, and international baseball. He also keeps score for football and golf.
Throughout his career, which began as a newspaper sports editor, Guinozzo became a collector of baseball memorabilia. He will showcase his collection of photographs, scorebooks, rings, and programs during the month of July at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Ave.) On Thursday, July 7, at 6:30pm, the local sports legend will officially present his historical collection to all baseball enthusiasts. The free event will be held in the Library’s Memphis & Shelby County Room.
When Guinozzo is not in the press box, he can likely be found in the library. Author of The Memphis Baseball Encyclopedia, Guinozzo said he does a lot of research in libraries. “You couldn’t do it without a place like this,” he said referring to the library.
For more event information, call the Central Library’s History Department at 901-415-2742.