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Dobie Moore with the 25th Infantry Wreckers in 1916 Long-time readers of this blog will remember my nearly decade-long effort at chronicling the search for Walter “Dobie” Moore, the great Kansas City Monarchs shortstop who was shot in 1926 and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2019 at Agate Type
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The following photograph has provoked some wonder and curiosity in Negro league circles, because it appears to show Josh Gibson playing for a Cuban Stars team—something that has not been documented by historians or noted in any reference works. At... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2019 at Agate Type
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Bumpus Jones, who pitched a no-hitter in his very first appearance in the major leagues in 1892, may have been a black man who passed for white. In fact, as I explained a few years ago, I think he very... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2019 at Agate Type
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Bertram “Bert” Johnson was one of those gifted black ballplayers who suffered some bad luck in his career and has as a result been almost completely overlooked in histories. For years I wasn’t even certain of his name. In the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Agate Type
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I want to extend my thanks to Jason Mishelow, who recently loaned me three Cuban baseball guides from the 1945/46, 1946/47, and 1948/49 winter seasons. Here are the covers of two of them: There are certainly some cool images inside... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2019 at Agate Type
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In the era of segregation, mainstream (white) newspapers generally ignored black baseball teams, aside from publishing box scores (as they did for nearly all high-profile baseball games, at least before the 1930s). There was very little reporting, very few interviews... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2019 at Agate Type
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Goose Tatum & King Tut Len Durrant alerted me to this silent film (posted by the National Film Preservation Foundation) showing Goose Tatum of the Cincinnati-Indianapolis Clowns doing his thing in Cincinnati’s Crosley Field during a September 8, 1946, doubleheader... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2019 at Agate Type
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Here’s a photograph I’ve never seen before, showing the Cuban Stars of 1907 prior to a series of games in Chicago with white semipro teams. It’s not a particularly great image quality-wise (having passed through microfilming then scanning), but they... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Agate Type
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I’ve been asked recently (see this comment) whether Ty Cobb ever faced Cannonball Dick Redding. In a 1932 interview with the Chicago Defender (posted here by Ryan Whirty) Redding himself said (or at least implied) that he had played against... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2019 at Agate Type
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(A version of the following piece was originally posted at Negro League History as part of the Cuban Newspaper Project.) One of the preludes to the integration of Cuban baseball in 1900 was the first visit by a professional Cuban... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2018 at Agate Type
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More than 10 years ago (!) I wrote about a false report of Rafael Figarola’s death in 1915, supposedly caused when a batting practice pitch from his teammate José Méndez struck him on the chest, triggering heart failure. This turned... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2018 at Agate Type
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In 1889 the Cuban Giants and the Colored Gorhams, the two most famous professional black baseball teams in the United States, joined the otherwise all-white Middle States League. The Cuban Giants competed for the pennant, which they barely lost to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2018 at Agate Type
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Oscar “Chick” Levis (often appearing in box scores as just “Oscar” or “Oscal”) was a spitballing sidearm pitcher in Cuba and the Negro leagues in the 1920s. He was very good but not great—about a .500 pitcher in the Negro... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Agate Type
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The West Baden Sprudels, a black professional team managed for four years by the great C. I. Taylor and starring such players as Dizzy Dismukes, George Shively, and C. I.’s brothers Ben and Candy Jim, played their home games in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2018 at Agate Type
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On May 25, 1948, Albert Stephens and John Stanley of the New York Black Yankees combined for a no-hitter against the Newark Eagles in game 2 of a doubleheader played in Rochester’s Red Wing Stadium (the Yankees’ home field that... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at Agate Type
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(The following piece was originally posted at Negro Leagues History as part of the Cuban Newspaper Project.) Let’s look in more detail at turn-of-the-century Cuban baseball publications, to give you a better idea of what they were like. The ones... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Agate Type
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From an ad for a “Television Training” course run by the National Radio School (Cleveland Plain Dealer, June 6, 1948). A little while back Albert J. McGilvray asked the following question on the Facebook group, The Historical Negro League Baseball... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2018 at Agate Type
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(The following piece was originally published last month at Negroleaguehistory.com, as part of our joint project on turn-of-the-century Cuban sports newspapers.) Our collection of Cuban sports newspapers covers the years 1899 to 1901, an era that encompasses multiple turning points... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2018 at Agate Type
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Few teams have suffered quite as much at the hands of an incomplete historical record as the 1939 St. Louis Stars. They were a pretty good team—the second half champions of the Negro American League, in fact, losing the pennant... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Agate Type
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You may have heard about this on Facebook or other social media, but I wanted to announce it here, too. The collector Jay Caldwell (of Negroleagueshistory.com) has shared with me and Mike Lynch of Seamheads.com 131 Cuban sports newspapers from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Agate Type
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Stephen V. Rice has published a good SABR biography of Clarence “Fats” Jenkins, the basketball and baseball star of 1920s and 1930s New York City. A couple of months back he wrote to me about the photograph we use for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Agate Type
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Among the most accomplished pairs of brothers in Negro league history are Ted and Alex Radcliffe. Ted is by far the most famous of the two now, thanks to the “Double Duty” nickname he received from Damon Runyon as well... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2018 at Agate Type
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The great Cuban shortstop and manager Pelayo Chacón, a defensive wizard, Cuban League star, and mainstay of many Cuban Stars teams in the 1910s and 1920s, had two sons who grew up to be ballplayers. Pelayo Jr. played in Venezuela... Continue reading
Posted Mar 20, 2018 at Agate Type
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When I wrote about James Wilson of the 1887 National Colored League, the first known professional ballplayer born on the African continent, the most important source was a long article published in the Philadelphia Times on January 30, 1887 (p.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2018 at Agate Type
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Back in 2009 I wrote about what is possibly the last known appearance of Dave Brown, left-handed pitching great of the 1920s and accused murderer, in 1938 in Greensboro, North Carolina. According to one account, Greensboro police apprehended a man... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Agate Type