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J.L. Wilkinson 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 and update on the results so far:



Today we feature the first round of the J.L. Wilkinson Region


2 - Josh Gibson vs. 63 Joe Black

Josh Gibson career highlights:


Joe Black career highlights:

  • 2x Negro Leagues Champion

  • NL Rookie of the Year (1952)

  • Baltimore Elite Giants (1943–1950), Brooklyn Dodgers (1952-1955), Cincinnati Redlegs (1955-1956), & Washington Senators (1957).

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31 - Frank Grant vs. 34 - Larry Doby

Frank Grant career highlights:

  • Author Jerry Malloy described Grant as "the greatest Negro baseball player of the 19th century."

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (2006)

  • Grant played for 10 teams over his 14 year career.

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Larry Doby career highlights:

  • Joined the Newark Eagles at age 17

  • Broke the color barrier for the American League (Cleveland Indians)

  • All-Star

  • World Series champion