Hub Perdue passed away on October 31, 1968 in Gallatin, Tennessee at the age of 86. Affectionately referred to as “The Gallatin Squash” by sportswriter Grantland Rice and others, Perdue pitched during five major league seasons with the Boston Braves and St. Louis Browns.
While pitching for Nashville from 1907 through 1910 Perdue garnered 62 wins against 55 losses, but was considered a stalwart performer on the mound for the Vols.
His professional baseball career began in Hopkinsville and Vincennes in the Kitty League in 1906. Besides Nashville, Perdue played for minor league clubs in Louisville, Chattanooga, New Orleans, Minneapolis, Shreveport, Wichita Falls, and Charlotte.
Perdue took over the managerial reins of Nashville in 1921. However, on June 25th he was dismissed as manager and second baseman Chick Knaupp was placed in temporary charge of the team. Perdue managed the Shreveport, Wichita Falls, and Charlotte teams over the course of the next two seasons while continuing to pitch.
On September 8, the final game of the 1948 Southern Association season, Larry Gilbert was honored for 25 years as a manager in the Southern Association. Perdue was in attendance at the event. He often attended Nashville Old Timer’s baseball banquets up until his death.
Perdue resided in nearby Bethpage; he was born there on June 7, 1882.