Lindsey Nelson (’41)

Category: Army ROTC Alumni Council Hall of Fame | Communities

Lindsey Nelson graduated from the University of Tennessee in June 1941 and was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Infantry. Joining the 9th Infantry Division at Fort Bragg, Nelson served as a public affairs officer with the Division in the WWII European Theater. He participated with the 9th Infantry Division in eight campaigns: Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace, and Central Europe. Captain Nelson was released from active duty in October 1945.

After the war, Nelson embarked on a professional sports broadcasting career for the ages. He was the first play-by-play announcer for the Vol Network. His career highlights include 20 years as an announcer of the NY Mets and San Francisco Giants, 2 World Series, 19 years of NFL football, 5 years of NBA basketball, 13 years of Notre Dame football games, the Masters, the Davis Cup, and a total of 26 Cotton Bowls, Rose Bowls, and Sugar Bowls.

Nelson was named National Sportscaster of the Year 5 times. He has been inducted into 15 halls of fame around the country to include the Professional Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio and the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York. He was named as one of the University of Tennessee’s 100 Distinguished Alumni. The UT baseball stadium is named Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Nelson passed away in 1995.