Franklin County Treasurer - Historical Information


Franklin County Treasurer Benny Tate

Benny Tate was a professional baseball player from 1924-1936, and Franklin County Treasurer from 1962-1966. He was born on December 3, 1901, in Whitwell, Tennessee; and died on October 27, 1973, in West Frankfort, Illinois.

Benny caught for the Washington Senators, Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, and Montreal Royals; finishing with a respectable .279 lifetime batting average. His best season was 1927, when he hit .313 in 61 games. During the season he was 5-for-16 pinch-hitting for a .313 average. In 1928, he was 9-for-26 pinch-hitting for a .346 average. Bennie was catching for the Senators in 1927 when Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run off pitcher Tom Zachary. He helped the Senators win the 1924 World Series and the 1925 American League pennant. In 1938, he managed the Mayfield (Kentucky) Clothiers; and in 1941, he managed the Meridian (Mississippi) Eagles. Both teams were part of the St. Louis Browns’ minor league system.