Friday, February 15, 2013

Negro League baseball history fact for today – February 15, 2013

Six of the first seven winners of the National League Rookie of the Year award were former Negro League players.  Jackie Robinson (Kansas City Monarchs) in 1947, Don Newcombe (Newark Eagles) in 1949, Joe Black (Baltimore Elite Giants) in 1952, and Jim Gilliam (Baltimore Elite Giants) in 1953 all won playing with the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Sam Jethroe (Cleveland Buckeyes) won the award with the Boston Braves in 1950.  Willie Mays (Birmingham Black Barons) won it playing for the New York Giants in 1951.

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