Thursday, February 14, 2013

Negro League baseball history fact for today – February 14, 2013

Joe Caffie was born on this date in Ramer, Alabama; 1931.  A seedy outfielder, Caffie’s only season in Negro League baseball was 1950 when at nineteen years old he played for the Cleveland Buckeyes.  He was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1951, but was kept mainly in the team’s minor league system for eleven years.  Used as a utility outfielder and pinch hitter, Caffie played in only two Major League seasons with the Indians (1956 and 1957).  In 1956, he hit .342 in twelve games and in 1957 he hit .270 in thirty-two.

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