The Players Eddie Sherlin – Bill Ligon

Eddie Sherlin – Bill Ligon

Bill Ligon

Eddie Sherlin - Bill Ligon

Bill on the steps at his old home

William Norman Ligon was always a rising star, from varsity player in football, basketball and baseball to Senior Class President and Salutatorian at Gallatin Union High School. Named a National Merit Scholarship Program finalist in high school, Bill was accepted to Princeton, but instead accepted a full athletic scholarship to Vanderbilt University.

Ligon took his talent to the court and was honored as Co-Most Valuable Player his Freshman year in college and was later named to the All-Sophomore Team. Bill’s athletic skill garnered draft invitations from both the ABA and NBA, and he went on to play a season with the Detroit Pistons.

 

Eddie Sherlin

Eddie Sherlin loved basketball from the first day he saw his uncle play in a local game. And the enthusiasm grew into passion for both the sports of basketball and baseball.  Eddie moved with his parents, older brother and his two sisters to Gallatin, Tennessee, when he was 10 years old. An athletic star at Gallatin High, in both baseball and basketball, Eddie championed the school to the district finals in 1970.  It truly represented the culmination of a phenomenal high school sports career and the moment of truth for a boyhood friendship.

Eddie Sherlin - Bill Ligon

Eddie visits his childhood home

Eddie followed his dream and played minor league baseball after high school for both the Pittsburg Pirates and the Cincinnati Reds.

In 1975, Eddie returned to Gallatin. He garnered an Associate Degree at Volunteer State Community College and a Bachelor Degree from Middle Tennessee State University, all while holding coaching positions at the schools.

Eddie accepted a coaching job at Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tennessee, after graduation. Eventually, Eddie found his way back to Gallatin and pursued a career in business.

Nicknames

Did you know that Eddie and Bill had great nicknames during their basketball high school years?  Try Gunner and The Stickman.

Cars in Gallatin

The car enthusiasm was huge back in 1969 and 1970. There were street rods, hot rods and best of all… muscle cars.

Era of the Dress Code

In 1970, you couldn’t wear t-shirts to class… and no slacks for the girls. Eddie remembers wearing slacks (no jeans) and a button-down shirt while Bill usually wore a white button-down shirt. How times have changed.