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In the 1920s the Kansas City Monarchs had two right-handed pitchers from Texas named Bell, Cliff and William. They were unrelated, though the press liked to call them the “Bell Brothers.” William, nicknamed “W.” supposedly because he won so often,... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at agate type
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Here’s a photograph from Brian Campf, who recently obtained it from friends in Puerto Rico. It shows Josh Gibson shaking hands with Pedrín Zorrilla, a Shell Oil executive and owner of the Santurce Cangrejeros of the Puerto Rican Winter League.... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at agate type
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Just ran across this item, from Hake’s spring auction. It’s a passport document, or proof of Cuban citizenship, for the great Cuban outfielder Alejandro Oms when he travelled to the Dominican Republic in 1929. It includes a fantastic photo of... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at agate type
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In the comments to this post Rob Fitts m... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at agate type
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(Crossposted at Seamheads.com) This week we add the 1936 Negro National League to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database. The season started with a major defection: the Chicago American Giants, founding members of the league back in 1933, and the oldest... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at agate type
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Ryan Whirty has been looking into the deaths of Dick Redding and Sol White, both of whom passed away in mental hospitals on Long Island, within a few years of each other. For some time researchers of Dick Redding have... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2014 at agate type
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Joe Posnanski has a great series (currently on hiatus) listing his version of the 100 greatest players in baseball history, a list that (as you might expect) includes several Negro leaguers. I’ve enjoyed these pieces quite a bit. But I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2014 at agate type
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Stefanie Caruthers writes that her great-uncle, Clarence Orme (above), played baseball for the Kansas City Giants in the 1930s. Born on April 3, 1899, in Chamois, Missouri, Clarence Charles Orme moved to Kansas City, Kansas, in 1917, and lived in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2014 at agate type
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During the 1921/22 Cuban winter season, the Cuban League could only field two teams, and when Almendares totally dominated, winning 4 out of the first 5 games played, fan interest plummeted. The league called it quits even before the New... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at agate type
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On the morning of Friday, May 23, 1919, Tinti Molina brought his Cuban Stars across the Mexican/U.S. border at Laredo, Texas. His team announced their presence in the United States that afternoon with a 22 to 2 walloping of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2014 at agate type
(Crossposted at Seamheads.com) The latest addition to the Seamheads Negro Leagues DB covers the 1920/21 winter league season in Cuba. Heading the bill that off-season was none other than the biggest name in baseball at the time, one George Herman... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at agate type
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Courtesy of Jay Sokol of Black College Nines comes this photograph of the 1897 Wilberforce University baseball team. This print belongs to Ray Lucas, whose great uncle William A. Wallace is seated in the middle row on the far left.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2014 at agate type
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Check out this photo of Henry “Flick” Williams, a solid journeyman Negro league catcher in the 1920s. Brian Campf, who sent this photo along, identified Williams by comparing the photo with this shot of the 1928 St. Louis Stars—Williams is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at agate type
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A huge amount of information has been dug up in recent years about previously very obscure players, but much of it has generally gone unnoticed or unreported except in emails between researchers. I’m going to try to bring a lot... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2014 at agate type
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(Crossposted at Seamheads.com) Check out the newest addition to the Negro Leagues DB: the 1935 Negro National League season. The defending champion Philadelphia Stars fell off quite a bit in 1935, partly because several of their key performers (Biz Mackey,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2014 at agate type
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The 1911 Chicago Union Giants panoramic postcard that Brian Campf sent me recently reminds of another fantastic Union Giants image, this one a broadside shown to me by Jason Miller last year. I was going to post it then, but... Continue reading
Posted Jul 9, 2014 at agate type
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Here, courtesy of John Russell, is a brief sketch of Grant “Home Run” Johnson’s career up to 1913, with details supplied by Johnson himself—plus a photo I’ve never seen before of Johnson in the colors of the Royal Poinciana Hotel... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at agate type
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Check out this amazing panoramic postcard from Brian Campf: This was taken in the town of Daggett, on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, on September 6, 1911, the day of a game between W. S. Peters’s Chicago Union Giants and the local... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at agate type
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A quick rundown on Grant “Home Run” Johnson’s credentials as a great player and manager and significant historical figure: • On October 7, 1893, Johnson, having just turned 21, hit two home runs off Tony Mullane to lead his hometown... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2014 at agate type
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Brian Campf sent me this postcard of the Alijadores (Lightermen) de Tampico of the 1943 Mexican League, featuring Willie Wells as player-manager (standing at the far left). Notable members of the team included the Mexican first baseman Àngel Castro, the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2014 at agate type
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(Warren PA Times-Mirror, June 18, 1930, p. 11) Back in 2008 I wrote about the murder of Elias Bryant, who played baseball under the name of “Circus Country Brown” and was known for his on-field comedy act. In 2010, I... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2014 at agate type
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New research in passenger lists has increased confidence that we’ve got the right man in the search for Dobie Moore. It’s done the same for Charles “Chino” Smith, the legendarily pugnacious high-average hitter for the Lincoln Giants and Royal Giants... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2014 at agate type
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Here’s the latest on the search for Walter “Dobie” Moore, the great Kansas City Monarchs and Santa Clara Leopardos shortstop. In case you haven’t been keeping track, see this and this. To sum up: Dobie Moore, born in Atlanta sometime... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2014 at agate type
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During the winter of 1926, Wesley Rollo Wilson, the dean of east coast black sportswriters, conducted an interview with Rube Foster that has become a key text in the modern reconstruction of Negro league history. I first happened upon it... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2014 at agate type
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Brian Campf sent me this seemingly ordinary photograph from the early part of the century: But zoom in on one of the posters in the shop window behind the family, to the left (their right): It’s barely legible, but at... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at agate type