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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

  • World Series champion (1954)

  • NL RBI leader (1951)

  • San Francisco Giants No. 20 retired

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (1973)

  • Newark Eagles (1938-42, 1946-1948), New York Giants (1949-1955) & Chicago Cubs (1956). (Shop today and be like Monte Irvin)


Sam Jethroe career highlights:

13 - Biz Mackey vs. 52 - Hank Aaron

Biz Mackey career highlights:

  • Lifetime batting average: .335

  • ECL batting title hitting .423

  • Mentored a 15-year-old Roy Campanella on catching

  • Appeared in 1947 All-Star Game at age 50.

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (2006)

  • San Antonio Black Aces (1918), St. Louis Giants (1920), Indianapolis ABC's (1921–1922), Hilldale Daisies (1923–1931), Philadelphia Royal Giants (1925), Philadelphia Stars (1933–1935), Newark Dodgers (1935), Washington Elite Giants (1936–1937), Baltimore Elite Giants (1938–1939), & Newark Eagles (1939–1941, 1945–1947, 1950). (Shop today and be like Biz Mackey)


Hank Aaron career highlights:

12 - Bullet Rogan vs. 53 - Minnie Miñoso

Bullet Rogan career highlights:

  • 1922, hit .390 with 13 HR's

  • 1923, combined with teammate and manager José Méndez to pitch a no-hitter, that season he hit .364 with a league-leading 16 wins and 151 K's

  • 1924 hit .395 while compiling an 18–6 record

  • 3x League Champion

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (1998)

  • 25th Infantry Wreckers (1914-1920) , All Nations (1917), Kansas City Monarchs (1920–1938), & managed Kansas City Monarchs (1926–1934, 1936). (Shop today and be like Bullet Rogan).


Minnie Miñoso career highlights:

21 - Pete Hill vs. 44 - Sol White

Pete Hill career highlights:

  • Author William NcNeil referred to Hill as "black baseball's first superstar"

  • 1910-11 led the league in hitting -.365.

  • Once hit safely in 115 of 116 games

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (2006)

  • Played or managed 11 Negro Leagues teams. (Shop today and be like Pete Hill)


Sol White career highlights:

  • Wrote first book on black professional baseball, Sol White's Official Base Ball Guide (1907).

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (2006)

  • Played or managed 18 Negro Leagues teams. (Shop today and be like Sol White)

28 - Double Duty Radcliffe vs. 37 Roy Campanella


Double Duty Radcliffe career highlights:

  • Biographer Kyle P. McNary estimates that Radcliffe had a .303 batting average, 4,000 hits and 400 homers in 36 years in the game

  • With the Detroit Stars, he was the regular catcher for the first half of the season. When the pitching staff grew tired, he began pitching and led the team to championship.

  • In 1945 Radcliffe played for the Kansas City Monarchs and roomed with Jackie Robinson.

  • A 1952 Pittsburgh Courier poll of Negro league experts named Double Duty the fifth greatest catcher in Negro league history and the 17th greatest pitcher.

  • Played or managed 15 Negro Leagues teams. (Shop today and be like Double Duty Radcliffe)


Roy Campanella career highlights:

5 - Buck Leonard vs. 60. Vic Harris



Buck Leonard career highlights:


Vic Harris career highlights:


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