In 1949 on this day, October 28, long-time Nashville player and manager Roy Ellam passed away at the age of 62 in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Born in Conshoshocken on February 8, 1886, Ellam’s professional baseball career began with Connellsville in the Pennsylvania-West Virginia League in 1908. He spent the next seven seasons as the Birmingham Barons shortstop before becoming the Vols player-manager beginning in 1916.
He promptly led Nashville (84-54) to its fourth Southern Association championship. He remained at the helm of the club through the 1920 season, but played one year after that with the Mobile team before becoming manager of the Atlanta Crackers in 1922.
His record for Nashville for his five seasons with the club was 311-339.
Ellam continued to manage and play for Galveston, Lakeland, St. Augustine/Waycross, Tampa, and Montgomery before retiring after the 1930 season.
On one occasion during his tenure as manager of Atlanta, Ellam offered a few points on how to make it as a baseball player, giving the following advice: “Don’t drink liquor, keep bad company, or late hours”.
Nicknamed “Whitey” and “Slippery”, Ellam had two stints in the majors, ten years apart. In 1909 at the age of 23 he played in ten games for the Cincinnati Reds. When he was 32, Ellam played in 26 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates.