Born on September 3, 1906 in Atlanta, Georgia, William McKinley “Sug” Cornelius was known for his sharp breaking curveball he consistently threw for strikes. After short stints with the Nashville Elite Giants, Birmingham Black Barons, and Memphis Red Sox, the right handed pitcher had his best years with the Chicago American Giants from 1933 – 1946.
Cornelius pitched a scoreless top of the 11th inning for the West squad in the 1935 East-West All Star Game. "Mule" Suttles home run in the bottom of the 11th made "Sug" the inning pitcher. In the 1936 All Star Game, Cornelius was not as fortunate. He gave up two runs in the first three innings and was the losing pitcher in the West squad's 10 - 2 defeat.
He received over 63,000 votes from fans, the second highest for all pitchers that year, to participate in the 1938 All Star Game. But he had another rocky outing, giving up three runs in the first inning. The West squad rallied to win the game 5 - 4.
What Hall of Fame Kansas City Monarch pitcher relieved Cornelius and became the winning pitcher in the 1938 Negro League East-West All Star Game?