Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Negro League baseball history fact for today – February 26, 2013

While their team was fighting to win the 1938 National League pennant, the management of the Pittsburgh Pirates received a telegraph wire from the sportswriters of the city’s African-American newspaper; the Pittsburgh Courier.  The wire suggested the Pirates could capture the pennant if they signed five players from the two Negro League baseball teams in Pittsburgh at that time.  The players suggested were Satchel Paige and “Cool Papa” Bell, both played for the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1937, and Josh Gibson, Buck Leonard, and Raymond Brown of the Homestead Grays.  The Pirates ignored the suggestion and only finished in second place.


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