"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."
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...
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.
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 - 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...