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Cum Posey Region - Filling the Void - Negro League Tournament - Round 1

While we may not have March Madness or even baseball for now, we can still have fun with a tournament of great Negro League players in our 64 player tournament


First an update on our results so far:


Today we feature the first round of the Cum Posey Region


4 - Cool Papa Bell vs. 61 Hank Thompson

Cool Papa Bell career highlights:


Hank Thompson career highlights:

  • Played as a 17 year-old in the Negro Leagues, hitting .300

  • Batting average - .267

  • Home runs - 129

  • Runs batted in - 482

  • Broke the color barrier for the St. Louis Browns in 1947

  • Kansas City Monarchs (1943, 1946-1947, 1948), MLB - St. Louis Browns (1947) & New York Giants (1949-1956). (Shop today and be like Hank Thompson)

29 - Jackie Robinson vs. 36 - John Donaldson

Jackie Robinson career highlights:


John Donaldson career highlights:

  • 413 wins

  • Struck out 500+ batters three consecutive years

  • 5,081 strikeouts

  • Between 1911 and 1913 posted a record of 121-8

  • Struck out 31 batters in an 18-inning game

  • Holds strikeout records of 30, 29, 28, 27, 26 (3-times), 25 (2-times), 24, 23 (4-times), 22 (3- times), 21 (7-times), and 20 (8-times)

  • Pitched two perfect games

  • 14 no-hitters

  • Struck out at least 10 batters in a game 234 times

  • Played from 1908 to 1941 (33-years) and at least 25 different teams. (Shop today and be like John Donaldson)

20 - Monte Irvin vs. 45 - Sam Jethroe

Monte Irvin career highlights:

  • Hit .422 and .396 (1940–41),

  • Won a triple crown in Mexican League

  • MVP in 1945–46 Puerto Rican Winter League

  • Batting title in 1946 Negro Leagues hitting .401

  • 5x Negro League All-Star