Sunday, August 29, 2010

Mahlon Duckett - page 23

Mahlon Duckett
1940-50 Infield
Philadelphia Stars
Homestead Grays

"Remembrance of hitting a game winning home run off Satchel Paige in Yankee Stadium, 1941..."

Bo Wallace - page 22

Bo Wallace
Newark Eagles 1948-1949

"Has fondest memories of catching for the Eagles star pitcher Leon Day..."

1948 .321 B.A. with 11 HRs against all levels of competition...

Bridgeport, Colonial League 1950
Ottawa, Border League 1950

2 time All-star in baseball...

Jimmie Armstead, Russell Awkard - page 21

Jimmie Armstead
Pitcher 1938-40
Indianapolis ABC's
St. Louis Stars
Baltimore Elite Giants 1940-46
Philadelphia Stars 1949

Russell Awkard
outfield, 2nd base
Loaned by the Newark Eagles to the New York Cubans 1940. Returned to the Eagles in 1941

"Fondly recalled hitting a home run off Raymond Brown of the Homestead Grays to win a game..."

Spray hitter with sufficient speed to steal bases.

Pee Wee Jenkins, Ray Noble - page 20

James "Pee Wee" Jenkins
New York Cubans 1946-50

"I would have practically played for noting, because I love baseball.."

Also played for the Indianapolis Clowns, Birmingham Black Barons, Luke Easter's All-Stars...

Ray Noble - catcher
New York Cubans 1945-50
Contract sold to the NY Giants organization, played for the Giants 1951-53 compiling a career .218 B.A.

A "solid hitter with power, batted .325 during the Cubans 1947 Championship season

Oakland, Pacific Coast League 1950
15 home runs, .316 B.A.

George Crowe - page 19

George Crowe - 1b
New York Black Yankees 1947
New York Cubans 1948-49

Had a .305 batting average his rookie season with the Black Yankees. complied a .270 Negro League batting average.

Pawtucket, New England League 1949
.354 with league leading 106 RBI...

Boston - Milwaukee Braves 1952-55
Cincinnati Reds 1956-58
St.Louis Cardinals 1959-61

Best season 1957, 31 HRs .270 batting average
1958 All-star team selection

Lyman Bostock - page 18

Lyman Bostock, Sr.
Brooklyn Royal Giants 1938-39
Birmingham Black Barons 1940-42, 46
Chicago American Giants 1947, 1949
New York Cubans 1948

1941 All-Star Team
1941 batting Title .439

Winnepeg Buffalos, Mandak League 1950-51
Carmen Cardinals, Mandak League 1952-53

Solid player on offenses and defense. good fielder at first with average speed. Left-handed pull-hitter with consistency and power.

"Playing on the 1948 Jackie Robinson All-star team."

Armando Vasquez - page 17

Armando Vasquez

"I can remember that sometimes we'd play three games in one day, like the 4th of July. The first game would start at 10:00 in the morning, the second game at 2PM, the third early in the evenings. Sometimes playing in three different towns."

Cinicannti - Indianapolis Clowns 1944-52
New York Cubans 1948
Havana La Palomas, Cuba 1947
Canadian League 1949-51
Thibodaux, Evangeline League 1954
Mexico City Tigers 1955

Smooth fielder at first base....

Josh Johnson - page 16

Josh Johnson

Cincinnati Tigers
Homestead Grays
New York Black Yankees

Played dual positions as catcher and pitcher

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Benny Felder - Charlie Biot -page 15

Benny Felder
Newark Eagles - shortstop

"Fondest memory was winning the 1946 Negro League Championship"

Indianapolis Clowns 1948
Philadelphia Stars 1951
Keywest Florida Int. League 1952
Pampa, W. Texas-N. Mexico League 1953-54
Artesia, Longhorn League 1954

Charlie Biot
Newark Eagles
New York Black Yankees
Baltimore Elite Giants

"Recalls a home run he hit off Adams in Baltimore and just being able to play ball..."

Outstanding fielder, who hit for Ave. of .305 in 1940 and .278 in 1941...

Curley Williams - page 14

Willie "Curley" Williams
Newark Eagles 1945-48
Houston Eagles 1949-50
New Orleans Eagles 1951
Toledo American Association 1952
Scranton, Eastern Leagues 1952
Carman Cardinals, ManDak League, Canada 1953

1945 BA .333 with a .621 Slugging Ave. Usually batting second in the order. Played shortstop and other infield positions...

Orlando Cepeda - page 13

Orlando Cepeda
1958-1974 San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, Atlanta Braves, Oakland A's, Boston Red Sox, Kansas City Royals...

"The Baby Bull" was named "Rookie of the Year" 1958 - hitting 24 HRs.
Lifetime - .297 batting average, 379 home runs...
MVP 1967 - .325 BA, 26 HRs, 111 RBIs...
1961 lef the National League with 46 HRs and 142 RBIs...
Batted .300+ seven times during 17 seasons...
Elected to the Hall of Fame 1999...

Represented his father...
Petrucho "The Bull" Cepeda
(listed on the roster of the New York Cubans, but no records exist of his playing)..
Considered the best slugger in Puerto Rico, played for the Trujillo All-Stars, Dominica..
A good shortstop, good line drive hitter with ability to hit in the power alleys. A legend with Puerto Rico, had back-to-back seasons of .365 and .386 BA and .423 and .464...
RBI leader in 1941...

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Luis Tiant - page 12

Luis Tiant
1964-1982 : Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, NY Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates, California Angels

229 wins - 172 loses 3.30 ERA

Tiant begins with an exaggerated mid-windup pivot, turing his back to the batter, he would whip around and fire a dozen different kinds of pitches from three different positions, all for strikes, without looking at home plate...Tiant was present to represent his father....

Luis Tiant, Sr.
1930-1947 New York Cubans
Gifted Left-handed pitcher. Legendary among Cubans. A great fastball and a screwball, with the best move towards first base...
Would intentionally walk "Cool Papa" Bell just to set up a base stealing duel...

Gene Benson - page 11

Gene Benson
1034-48..Bacharach Giants, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Philadelphia Stars, Newark Eagles...

"Played on the American All-Stars in Caracas, Venezuela in 1945, alongside Jackie Robinson, Sam Jethroe, Roy Campanella and Buck Leonard"

All-Star 1940, 1945, 1946..
A Smooth fielding, reliable hitter, consistently maintained a high batting average, compiling a career average around .300...
1946 hit .370...
Played most of his career with the Stars...

Lefty Mathis - page 10

Verdell "Lefty" Mathis
Memphis Red Sox (1940-1952)

started his career at 18 years old, in 1940...
Lefty was often called on to pitch in the big games because of his ability to pitch past the opposing batters.

Lefty's big pitch was the screwball.
Won back-to-back East-West All-Star Games 1944, 1945.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Ted Radcliffe - page 9

Ted Radcliffe "Double Duty"
3-time All-Star catcher, 3-time All-Star pitcher
1928-1950 - played for more than 15 clubs.
1937-38 Memphis Red Sox manager
1943 Chicago American Giants manager

1932 Pittsburgh Crawfords - Negro World Series caught Satchel paige in the first game of a double-header, then pitched a shutout in the second game.

Sam Jethroe - page 8

Same Jethroe - Cleveland Buckeyes 1942-48
His hitting ability earned him four appearances in the East-west Classic.
1946 Jethroe hit a league leading .393 and compiled a Negro League career batting average of .342.

1949 Jethroe signed with the Boston Braves, in his rookie season 1950, Jethroe hit .273, scored 100 runs, stole 35 bases and earned National League rookie of the Year honors.

After leading the National League in stolen bases, 1950, 1951, vision problems would force Jethroe from baseball finishing his Major League career in 1954 with the Pittsburgh Pirates..
He continued his career for several seasons in the International League.

Joe Black - page 7

Joe Black - Baltimore Elite Giants
Brooklyn Dodgers 1952-55
Cincinnati Reds 1955-56
Washington Senators 1957

1952 World Series- Brooklyn Dodgers v NY Yankee...Black becomes the first black pitcher to win a World Series Game, 4-2 at
Ebbetts Field, Brooklyn
1952 Rookie of the Year

Josh Gibson, Jr - page 6

Josh Gibson, Jr.
Followed his father's base-path playing for the Homestead Grays 1949-1950. Youngstown (Mid-Atlantic League) Farnham Quebec (Canadian League)
"Somewhat embarrassed, remembered playing against Satchel Paige, who picked off Sam Bankhead from Second base and Josh Jr from first base in the same inning."

Josh Gibson - 1930-46 catcher Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords..Considered by many to be equal to Babe Ruth for his power and ability to hit 500ft home runs..Credited with 75 home runs in 1931 and 69 during the 1934 seasons.

Max Manning - page 5

Max Manning - Newark Eagles 1938-1949
Known for his fastball -- struck out first five batters in his debut.
Manning played for the Houston Eagles in 1950, after the Negro Leagues folded.
Played in the East-West All-star game twice, also played for Satchel paige's All-Stars, as well as playing in Venezuela, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Cuba.
Best years 1946 15-1, 1947 15-6...