Wednesday, April 3, 2013

The Negro League baseball history fact for today

The second catcher from Negro League baseball, Roy Campanella was the first, to play in the Major Leagues after Jackie Robinson erased “the invisible color line” was Ray Noble.  Cuban born Rafael (Ray) Miguel Noble spent four years (1947 – 1950) with the New York Cubans, playing on their 1947 Negro League World Series championship team.   At age 32, Noble signed with the New York Giants and in 1951 played on the Giants’ National League pennant winning team along with other former Negro League players Willie Mays, Monte Irvin, and Hank Thompson.   After three years with Giants (1951 1953), Noble finished his career playing in the minor leagues (Pacific Coast League, International League).

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