Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Negro League baseball history fact for today – February 12, 2013

Marvin Williams was born on this date in Houston, Texas; 1923.  A power hitter who was an infielder, Williams spent his seven year Negro League baseball career mostly with the Philadelphia Stars and played in the 1944 East-West All-Star game.  Together with Jackie Robinson and Sam Jethroe, he participated in the “token” tryout given by the Boston Red Sox for African-American players in 1945; none were signed by the team.  Both Robinson and Jethroe made it to the Major Leagues a few years after that tryout (Robinson in 1947, Jethroe in 1950), but Williams because of a hurt arm played only in the minor leagues.

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