Billy Joe Forrest,
All-Star Shortstop, Dies



Billy Joe Forrest, shortstop for the 1951 Kitty League All-Star team, died on April 5, 2006 at Martin Healthcare Center in Martin, Tennessee. He was 78 years old.

He was born in Fulton, Kentucky on July 13, 1927, the son of N.B. "Bones" and Wilma (Tibbs) Forrest.

He began his professional baseball career with the Union City Greyhounds on May 11, 1949. He hit an inside-the-park, grand slam home run in his first at-bat against the Cairo Dodgers.

In 1951, he joined his hometown team, the Fulton Railroaders, and was an important member during the pennant-winning season, the first of three consecutive championships for the small Kentucky town. He was elected as shortstop on the All-Star team at the end of the season.

I was fortunate enough to meet Mr. Forrest during the Kitty League Centennial Reunion in 2003. He wanted to come to the 2005 reunion, but his health prevented him from doing so.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Fulton. He leaves behind two sons, a daughter and stepdaughter, as well as six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. He is also survived by two sisters and a brother.

His funeral was held at Hornbeak Funeral Chapel in Fulton, with burial in Greenlea Cemetery.

Two obituaries for Mr. Forrest may be found below:

Fulton (KY) Leader

Bowling Green (KY) Daily News



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