Thursday, February 28, 2013

Negro League baseball history fact for today – February 28, 2013

Jud Wilson was born on this date in Remington, Virginia; 1897 or 1899.  “Boojum”!  That was the nickname given Jud Wilson.  It was the sound Negro League players said they heard when balls launched off  Wilson’s bat whacked the outfield fence; Jud “Boojum” Wilson.  In his time “Boojum” Wilson was considered one of the best hitters in Negro League baseball, but he also had an explosive temper that was legendary.  A third baseman, Wilson played for the Negro National League pennant winning Philadelphia Stars in 1934.   The latter part of his career was with the Homestead Grays (1940 – 1945), who won six Negro National League pennants and a Negro League World Series championship during that  period.  Wilson played in three Negro League East-West All Star Games, getting two hits in the initial event in 1933.  In 2006, Jud “Boojum” Wilson was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.     

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