Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Negro League baseball history fact for today

After being a three sport star athlete (baseball, basketball, and football) at Clark University (Atlanta, Ga.), Donald Reeves began his Negro League baseball career with the Atlanta Black Crackers in 1937; the team’s first of only two years in the Negro American League.  The 6’2”, 190 lbs. outfielder was a power hitter more known for what he could do in the batter’s box than his defensive capabilities in the field.  Reeves remained in the heart of the Black Cracker’s batting order after the team moved to Indianapolis in 1939 and became the ABCs.  However, in 1940 he was with the Chicago American Giants and received the third highest number of votes (69,968) from fans to play in that year’s East-West Negro League All Star game.  After playing the 1941 season with the American Giants, Reeves left baseball for a teaching career in the Atlanta school system.

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