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Gus Greenlee 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


A review of where we are after the first 3 brackets:


Today we feature the first round of the Gus Greenlee Region


3 - Satchel Paige vs. 62 Peanut Johnson

Satchel Paige career highlights:

Peanut Johnson career highlights:

  • Posted a 33–8 win-loss record over two seasons.

  • Indianapolis Clowns (1953-1955)

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30 - Ray Brown vs. 35 - Quincy Trouppe

Ray Brown career highlights:


Quincy Trouppe highlights:

19 - Willie Foster vs. 46 - Toni Stone

Willie Foster career highlights:


Toni Stone career highlights:

  • Broke the gender barrier in the Negro Leagues as the first Female player

  • Began her professional career with the San Francisco Sea Lions (1949), where she batted in two runs in her first time up.

  • Replaced Hank Aaron on the Indianapolis Clowns

  • Hit .243 over 50 games including a hit off Satchel Paige.

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14 - Ray Dandridge vs. 51 - Dan Bankhead

Ray Dandridge career highlights:


Dan Bankhead career highlights:

11 - Turkey Stearnes vs. 54 - Ernie Banks

Turkey Stearnes career highlights:


Ernie Banks career highlights:

22 - Hilton Smith vs. 43 - Bingo DeMoss

Hilton Smith career highlights:


Bingo DeMoss career highlights:

  • Hit .314 for the 1929 Detroit Stars and .292 for the 1920 Chicago American Giants.

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27 - Ben Taylor vs. 38 Willard Brown


Ben Taylor career highlights:

  • Initiated career as a pitcher for the Birmingham Giants in 1908. Made his name playing for the team one of his brothers, C.I. Taylor, managed and owned, the Indianapolis ABCs.

  • Batted over .300. During his career

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (2006)

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Willard Brown career highlights:

  • One of the greatest power hitters in Negro League history

  • First African-American to hit a home run in the American League

  • Hit for a batting average of .374 in 1948 and regularly hitting over .350.

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (2006)

  • Kansas City Monarchs (1936–1944, 1948–1950), St. Louis Browns (1947)

  • (Shop today and be like Willard Brown)

6 - Pop Lloyd vs. 59. Elston Howard



Pop Lloyd career highlights:

  • Lifetime batting average: .343

  • According to the historian John Holway, Lloyd batted .337 (970 hits in 2881 at bats) in the Negro leagues. According to a recent study sponsored by the National Baseball Hall of Fame that covers the organized (post-1920) Negro leagues, Lloyd batted .343 with a .450 slugging percentage.

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (1977)

  • (Shop today and be like Pop Lloyd)


Elston Howard career highlights:

Monument Park honoree


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