With a fastball, curve ball, change up, and knuckle ball that could all be thrown consistently for strikes, Jim “Fireball” Cohen became one of the best pitchers in Negro League baseball after World War II (1946 – 1952). Cohen played on the coal camp baseball teams of the coal mines in Western Pennsylvania where he worked after high school. Instead of returning to the coal mines after serving in the military, Cohen began playing with the Indianapolis Clowns in 1946. He pitched in the second 1948 East-West All Star Game. When the Clowns asked him to play for less money after the 1952 season, the 34 year old Cohen decided instead to retire.