Tazewell’s Billy Wagner

Tazewell’s Billy Wagner remembers the people who helped him get to the big leagues

Perhaps Billy Wagner should have carried a map of Virginia with him in the Major Leagues.

Whenever one of baseball’s all-time great relief pitchers opened his mouth in the cosmopolitan world of the modern professional game, and that Southwest Virginia twang came out, Wagner knew what the follow-up question would be.

“Where are you from?” the reporters would ask, often with a hint of astonishment.

Tazewell County was an easy one to explain, Wagner said. It’s in the mountains they pull all that coal out of.

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