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Hi Vianney, thanks, this is very interesting! It would appear Francisco Sostre was a bit like some Latin American players who preceded him, notably Roberto Estalella, who may have had some African ancestry but was able to cross the color line into white baseball anyway.
Toggle Commented Jul 22, 2021 on francisco sostre at Agate Type
Claudio and Scott, the Cuban Stars played West Virginia University in Morgantown on May 11, 1909. The Cubans won 5-2 and Méndez did pitch (in relief, it seems). I've got a couple of box scores from Pittsburgh papers, which I'll put up as an update to the original post.
Hi Dody, yes, that's Eugene Bremer with the Broadview team in the late 1930s. They also brought in Lionel Decuir to catch for him.
Toggle Commented Dec 28, 2020 on eugene bremer at Agate Type
No, it's not revised--the text is still the same.
Here’s an artistic rendering of the Filipino lefty Claudio Manela, who played in the Negro National League, Cuban League, and Eastern League in the early 1920s—to my knowledge the only Negro leaguer born in the Philippines. It’s by LeRoid David,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at Agate Type
This year has seen the re-release of my edition of Sol White’s Official Base Ball Guide by Summer Games Books. It’s worth getting an actual paper copy of the book, as it sports a new cover by the great baseball... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2020 at Agate Type
Hi J.C., I'm afraid I've not heard of White leaving any of his writings to the library. If anybody has heard anything about this, post here and let us know.
Hello Gloria, I'm afraid I don't know anything about Elijah "Buck" Johnson. Do you know what teams he might have played for?
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2020 on Biographical at Agate Type
Here's the Elites/ABCs photo (Hake's posted one high-res detail--wish they had done that with the whole photo): It was sold again for a lot more money 4 years later by Robert Edward Auctions.
Toggle Commented Sep 13, 2020 on The 1926 Cleveland Elites at Agate Type
(Chicago Defender, May 29, 1926, p. 10) The above shows the 1926 Cleveland Elites and their bus. Aside from its interest as a photograph of a quite obscure team, it is also one of the earlier images I have seen... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2020 at Agate Type
I'm afraid I don't know where Dr. Thomas's family lived or lives currently. Perhaps someone else out there does know?
Here’s an update on a player who has been something of a mystery, “Koke” Alexander of the Dayton Marcos and other teams in the late 1910s and early 1920s. First, I ran across a photo of him playing for Dayton’s... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2020 at Agate Type
Hi John, sorry, didn't see your comment until now. No, I don't have the 2nd Cuban Esso guide. I do have 45/46, 46/47, and 48/49 Cuban guides with complete box scores for all the Cuban League games in those seasons (but nothing on Mexico). Yeah, I've seen the '53 Jet article, and know about Downer (he managed the 1921 Pittsburgh Keystones). The Cobb matter is too complicated to go into further for the moment (I guess I should write something longer about it, although I don't really want to). Suffice it to say there are some social media (and regular media) takes out there I don't like at all, and I'm not a big fan of having my stuff dragooned into supporting them.
Toggle Commented Aug 12, 2020 on ty cobb in cuba, 1910 at Agate Type
In the past I have made the case (here and here, and in my edition of Sol White’s Official Base Ball Guide) that deadball era pitcher Walter Ball was mistakenly credited with a nickname, “The Georgia Rabbit,” and given the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at Agate Type
The following is a piece I wrote for the Outsider Baseball Bulletin nearly ten years ago (September 8, 2010), presented with a few slight edits and updates. On a hot July day in 1919 the Chicago American Giants disposed easily... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2020 at Agate Type
(Chicago Defender, August 24, 1918) While researching the other day’s post on black baseball and the 1918 flu pandemic I ran across this photo montage in my files, showing several of the Chicago American Giants in 1918: Dick Whitworth and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2020 at Agate Type
Ted Kimbro of the St. Louis Giants and Pearl Webster of the Brooklyn Royal Giants, both in 1916. As the 1918 baseball season entered its stretch run, the military draft and the government’s “work or fight” order were putting heavy... Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2020 at Agate Type
Hi Bob, you're right--although Owens has always (at least since Riley) been listed as a lefty, it appears that he was a righthander (as was Sarvis). As for their heights, that's a thornier question. The WW2 draft cards for the three (all filled out in Jacksonville on October 16, 1940, just a few months after the photo you're talking about was published in the Chicago Defender & Cleveland Call & Post) list Henry at 5'5", 148; Sarvis at 5'10", 190; Owens at 5'7", 180. (They are definitely the right draft cards, too.) FWIW, Riley lists Henry at 5'4", 135--combined with the draft card it would appear he was probably shorter than the 5'6" listed for him at Seamheads & bb-ref.
Toggle Commented May 29, 2020 on eugene bremer at Agate Type
Yeah, after due consideration I agree it's Fats Jenkins. The facial expression is one that's not duplicated in other photos of him, and he's also much younger in this picture than in most images of him.
Toggle Commented Apr 28, 2020 on Fats Jenkins at Agate Type
I would love to see an image of the Grant Johnson card.
More than a decade ago I wrote about the Lost Island Giants, a 1917 team based in Ruthven, Iowa, that featured Hurley McNair, Ruby Tyrees, and Bingo Bingham, among others. Recently I ran across a photo of the Giants in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at Agate Type
I’ve written about Andrew “String Bean” Williams before. A kind of prototype for Satchel Paige—a tall, skinny, right-handed pitcher who exploited his supposedly advanced age for publicity—Williams was a well-known player who moved constantly from team to team in the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at Agate Type
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
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
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