Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Negro League baseball history fact for today – March 5, 2013

Bernard Fernandez was born on this date in Tampa, Florida; 1918.  Fernandez was a 6’1”, 200 pound hard throwing right handed hurler who had control problems with his pitches.  With his size and difficulty throwing strikes, Fernandez was an intimidating figure on the pitching mound for some batters.  Discovered by Negro League veteran Oscar Charleston, Fernandez played for a number of Negro League teams during his career.   While there is no mention of Fernandez playing for the Philadelphia Stars in some historical records, he always claimed in interviews of being on the team in 1941, 1943 -1944.  He also played with the New York Black Yankees; 1945 -1947.   

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