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:
Average - .359
Slugging percentage - .648
Home Runs - 800+ (Some estimate as high as 1,000)
2x Negro World Series champion
National Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee (1972)
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Leon day career highlights:
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)
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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
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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
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