Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Negro League baseball history fact for today - Jimmy Ford

Born on October 16, 1912 in Memphis, Tennessee, James “Jimmy” Ford played for his hometown Memphis Red Sox three times (1931 – 1933, 1937, and 1944 – 1945) during his fifteen year (1931 – 1945) Negro League baseball career.  Ford also played with the Birmingham Black Barons (1938), New York Black Yankees (1942), and the Philadelphia Stars (1943).

The 5’8”, 185 pound second baseman appeared in one East-West All Star Game (1941) while with the St. Louis/New Orleans Stars.  After the game, won by the East All Stars 8 – 3, he got involved in a fistfight with the Kansas City Monarch’s Newt Allen in the lobby of a hotel.  Both were on the losing West squad and supposedly Ford made negative comments about an error Allen made in the game. The comments offended Allen and the two players fought.

What former Major League player's father was on the Negro League All Star Game's west squad with Jimmy Ford that year? 

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