Pre-Negro Leagues Candidate Profile:
12th of 39 Profiles
Born: January 7, 1900, in Louisville, KY.
Died: January 4, 1956, in New York, N.Y.
Batted: Right Threw:
6'3" Weight: 220 lbs.
with a lifetime batting average of .349 over 16 seasons in the Negro
leagues or top black independent teams, with his best seasons coming
in the 1920s.
- Though he played more games at third base (149) than any other
position, spent almost an equal amount of time at shortstop (137
games), also playing first base (82 games), catcher (41) and second
base (27), also pitching three times.
- He hit over .300 every season from 1921 through 1930 except for
1928, when he hit .296. Hit over .400 in 1925, with a .762 slugging
- Primary teams were the Chicago American Giants, 1920-23; Baltimore
Black Sox, 1924-26; 1931 Harrisburg Giants, 1926-27; Homestead
Grays, 1928-29, and New York Lincoln Giants, 1929-30.
- Renowned as a fierce competitor, whose hot temper and inability to
always get along with management led to several changes of teams.
- Had a lifetime .382 on-base percentage and .587 slugging
percentage in games against Negro leagues competition.
- Ranks fourth in slugging percentage, sixth in batting average,
seventh in home runs and 12th in RBI in the collected game-by-game
- Individual game achievements include four hits in a game 12 times,
two or more home runs in a game six times and four or more RBI in a
game 15 times against top level opponents. Had hitting streaks of 18
games and 16 games, twice.
- Second-team selection in the renowned 1952 Pittsburgh Courier
player-voted poll of the Negro leagues best players.
Authored by Jim Overmyer | Negro
Leagues and Pre-Negro Leagues Election page
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