November 2023 Porch Talk

The African American Heritage Society of Williamson County will be presenting its November Porch Talk Event on

Friday, November 3rd

10:30 A.M.

Williamson County Public Library Meeting Room

1314 Columbia Ave, Franklin, TN

SEATING IS LIMITED THIS MONTH.  Please email us at to reserve your seat.

This month, the organization is most honored to welcome legendary Major League Baseball All-Star player, Dave Stewart. David Keith Stewart, nicknamed “Smoke”, is a professional baseball executive, pitching coach, sports agent, and former starting pitcher. The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 16th-round selection in the 1975 MLB draft, Stewart’s MLB playing career spanned from 1978 through 1995, winning three World Series championships all with different clubs while compiling a career 3.95 earned run average (ERA) and a 168–129 won–lost record, including winning 20 games in four consecutive seasons. He pitched for the Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland Athletics, and Toronto Blue Jays.

Stewart was known for his intimidating pitching style and his postseason performance, winning one World Series Most Valuable Player Award and two League Championship Series Most Valuable Player Awards. After his playing career, he served as a pitching coach for the San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, and Blue Jays and as an assistant GM. He later became a sports agent based in San Diego until the Arizona Diamondbacks hired him as general manager at the end of the 2014 season. In 2017 Stewart became a broadcaster for NBC Universal to present.

Baseball is the first organized sport ever played in Nashville. The Nashville Stars are rooted in Nashville’s baseball history going back to 1860. The Negro Leagues introduced Major League Baseball to some of its greatest players: Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby, Willie Mays Hank Aaron and many more. This history becomes the inspiration and foundation for the future of baseball in Tennessee. Dave Stewart and the Nashville Stars will bring the MLB experience to Nashville building a focus on baseball, families, community, and entertainment.

Dave Stewart is leading the Diverse Equity Ownership Initiative. Upon approval from Major League Baseball, together we will make history by becoming the first franchise to honor a team name from the Negro Leagues-Nashville Stars. Music City Baseball is excited to announce our collaboration through a revenue sharing partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Diversity without equity is not enough and honoring the traditions and history of the Negro Leagues is a way we can connect to our history and our future. Baseball is a bridge to a better, more equitable society.