Friday, April 5, 2013
The Negro League baseball history fact for today
One of the last Negro League players to have success in the Major Leagues was George Altman. Born in Goldsboro, North Carolina, 1933; Altman was signed by the Kansas City Monarchs in 1955 after he graduated from Tennessee State. After the season he was sold to the Chicago Cubs, making his Major League debut in 1959. Altman played four years with the Cubs (1959 – 1962); hitting over .300 twice, hitting 20 plus home runs twice, and was a two time National League All-Star (1961 and 1962). He played with three more teams; St. Louis Cardinals (1963), New York Mets (1964), and the Cubs again (1965 – 1967), before finishing his career by playing eight seasons in Japan.