It’s been almost 70 years since the color line in Major League Baseball was “broken” by Jackie Robinson. Pittsburgh was home to two of the most famous Negro League teams…the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Homestead Grays, who at one time or another had many of the league’s top stars playing for them.
The Western Pa Sports Museum at the Heinz History Center has an excellent Negro League baseball exhibit.
I’ve always enjoyed reading about the players and teams of the Negro Leagues…one of my favorites is James “Cool Papa” Bell who was said to be the fastest to ever play the game. There are many stories about his blazing speed. The most popular yarn is that “Cool Papa” was so fast he could turn off the light switch in his bedroom and get into bed before the room got dark. Another one is once he hit a hard ground ball up the middle and it hit him in the butt as he was sliding into second base! Love it…would have been fun to see some of their games. (8of12ts…getting closer) 🙂
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