After serving in the military, he attended North Carolina State University, where he played baseball.
He served with the United States. Army Air Corporation during World World War II as a 2nd Lieutenant Bombardier. He died in High Point, North Carolina. In 1999, his book - co-authored with Scott Verner - The Independent Carolina Baseball League, 1936-1938 was published by McFarland Press.
In 2006, he co-authored Outlaw Ballplayers with Tim Peeler and Aaron Peeler.
lieutenant, too, was published by McFarland Press. His efforts as executive director of what was initially called the Boys Club made it possible for girls to join the institution.
He served in that capacity from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s.
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A member of the Society for American Baseball Research, Utley possessed a nationally known collection of Hank Greenberg photographs and memorabilia.