Baseball Pitcher Turned Country Crooner Killed in Plane Crash

Country music star Jim Reeves perished in the crash of his private plane on July 31, 1964 when he tried to land in a rainstorm at the Nashville airport.

The 40 year old East Texan pitched three seasons in the minor leagues before an injury ended his baseball career.  By the late 1950’s, he was the hottest thing in country music with classic ballads like “Four Walls” and “He’ll Have to Go.”  Reeves is buried beside his favorite dog in a roadside shrine outside his home town of Carthage.

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