Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Negro League baseball history fact for today

Pitching in the 1941 East-West All-Star Game was the highlight of Jacksonville Red Cap Leo “Preacher Henry’s Negro League baseball career.  The only pitchers to have more than his 172,906 votes from fans that year to participate in the game were Satchel Paige and Hilton Smith; both in the Hall of Fame.  Pitching for the Negro American League All-Stars, “Preacher” entered the game during the Negro National League All-Stars’ six run explosion in the top of the sixth inning.  With two outs, he gave up an infield single; but then struck out Roy Campanella to end the inning.  “Preacher” also pitched a scoreless top of the seventh, despite giving up to hits.

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