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Sweet 16 - J.L. Wilkinson Region - Negro League Centennial Tournament

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. Sweet 16.


J.L. Wilkinson Region


2 - Josh Gibson vs. 18 - Leon Day


By Kadir Nelson and Gary Cieradkowski

Josh Gibson career highlights:


Leon day career highlights:

  • All-Star

  • Negro World Series champion (1946)

  • Posted a perfect 13–0 season, with a 3.02 ERA and .320 batting average in one season

  • Struck out 18 batters in one game

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (1995)

  • Baltimore Black Sox (1934), Brooklyn Eagles (1935), Newark Eagles (1936–1939, 1941–1943, 1946), Baltimore Elite Giants (1949–1950), & Veracruz Red Eagles (1940, 1947-1948).

  • (Shop today and be like Leon Day)

10 - "Smokey" Joe Williams vs. 7 - Rube Foster


By Kadir Nelson and Dick Perez

"Smokey" Joe Williams career highlights:

  • Began his career posting records of 28-4, 15-9, 20-8, 20-2 and 32-8.

  • In 1914 he went 41-3.

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (1999)

  • Williams played for 11 teams over 25 seasons

  • (Shop today and be like "Smokey" Joe Williams)


Rube Foster career highlights:

  • Known as the Father of Black Baseball

  • Had a lifetime .592 winning percentage

  • In 1905 pitched a 25–3 record.

  • Was the first representative of the Negro leagues elected as a pioneer or executive.

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (1981)

  • Foster played or managed for 7 teams over 15 seasons

  • (Shop today and be like Rube Foster)


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