James McCurine was a power hitting outfielder for the Negro American League’s Chicago American Giants from 1946 – 1949. Given the nickname “Big Stick”, McCurine hit over 20 home runs in each of his Negro League seasons. The 6” 2’, 190 lbs. slugger had one of the strongest outfield throwing arms in the Negro Leagues at that time, but by 1949 he was playing with an injured shoulder. This cost him a chance to play in the Major Leagues. The Boston Braves offered to sign him to play for their Class C, minor league team. However, McCurine knew the injury would limit his performance. He played with the American Giants until the end of the 1949 season and then retired.