In celebration of Black History Month, here is Today’s Negro League Baseball History Fact: Eddie Dwight.
|Eddie Dwight kneeling first right to left|
Although a good outfielder with speed and range, Dwight could not break into the Monarchs’ starting line up during his first stint with the team. However, he returned in 1933 to become the No. 1 center fielder. A good contact hitter and bunter with base stealing speed, Dwight primarily led the Monarchs offensive attack batting first. Negro League fans selected him to play in the 1936 East-West All Star Game.
After retiring, Dwight owned a retail store in the 1950s. In 1962, his son Eddie Dwight, Jr. became the first African-American chosen by NASA for astronaut training.
Negro League baseball is not just a part of African American history, but is woven into the fabric of 20th Century American history.
To read more about the Negro League Baseball era Last Train To Cooperstown