Friday, February 8, 2013

The Negro League baseball history fact for today - February 8, 2013

Joe Black was born on this date in Plainfield, New Jersey; 1924.  He pitched with the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro National League (1943 -1950) while finishing college (Morgan State) and then was signed by the Brooklyn Dodgers.  As a 26 years old Major League rookie, Black won 15 games for the Dodgers in 1952 and was named National League Rookie of the Year.   Also that year, he became the first African-American pitcher to win a World Series game beating the New York Yankees 4 – 2.  After a six year Major League career in which he was 30 – 12, Black worked in business becoming a vice president at the Greyhound Corporation.   

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