Monday, August 26, 2013
The Negro League baseball history fact for today
Born August 26, 1928 in Longwood, Mississippi; Frank Barnes began his baseball career in 1947 as an 18 year old pitcher for the Negro American League Indianapolis Clowns. While playing with the Kansas City Monarchs in 1950, he was sold along with Elston Howard to the New York Yankees. Howard went on to become the first African American to play in the Major Leagues for the Yankees (1955) and eventually one of the team’s star players. But Barnes was kept in the minor leagues where he mostly stayed the remainder of his career despite having winning seasons. At twenty-nine years old in 1957, Barnes made his Major League debut with the St. Louis Cardinals. In three seasons with the team, Barnes pitched in only 15 games and finished with a 1 – 3 career Major League record.