From the Daily Times: “During the era of segregation, the Twins had two African-American players, infielder George Giles and outfielder Willie Kirkland. They helped Blount County begin the process of dismantling racial barriers before desegregation court orders and civil right legislation of the 1960s. The Mountain States League disbanded in 1954 (May 8, 2014).
The team relocated to Morristown, TN in 1954. Willie Kirkland went on to play in the Majors.