Negro League Successes







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Hank Aaron (In February of 2002, I decided to pay the $60 signing fee to have Aaron sign my baseball card, but somewhere along the way my card was either lost or forgotten. On (9-12-02) the Chasing The Dream Foundation which the signing fee supported, more than delivered. They mailed a letter of apology & informed me that Gaile Aaron was no longer employed by the Foundation. So they instead sent me an Aaron autographed baseball to makeup for the inconvenience)

George Altman (Former Chicago Cub was a two time All-Star and played from 1959-67, he also spent three months in the Negro Leagues with the Kansas City Monarchs in 1955. He signed in 2 weeks from home) rec`d 08-21-06

Ernie Banks (Mr. Cub also spent time in the Negro Leagues)

Dennis Biddle ("Bose", pitched in the Negro Leagues for the Chicago American Giants. He was kind enough to sign in 10 days from home) rec'd 08-11-10

Joe Black (A former Brooklyn Dodger & Negro League player has since passed away)

Hubert Blacknall (Pitched in the Negro Leagues for the Raleigh Tigers during the 1951 season. He signed in 8 days from home) rec'd 12-13-10

William Blair (Pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1946-51 for the Detroit Stars & Cincinnati Clowns. He signed in 2011 and passed away on 04-20-14)

Bob Boyd (He spent nine seasons in the major leagues and in the early years of Boyd's career (1947-49), were spent with the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro League. He passed away on Sept. 7, 2004)

Sherwood Brewer (Former Negro League player passed away on April 23, 2003)

Cleophus Brown (Played in the Negro Leagues for the Louisville Clippers from 1954-55. He was nice enough to sign in 36 days from home) rec'd 10-06-10

Joe Caffie (Outfielder played in the Negro Leagues for the Cleveland Buckeyes during the 1950 season. He signed in 11 days from home) rec'd 12-04-10

Sonny Carroll (Pitched in the Negro Leagues for the Baltimore Elite Giants and signed in 12 days from home) rec'd 12-02-10

Bill Cash ("Ready" was a catcher for the Philadephia Stars in the Negro Leagues from 1943-50. Mr. Cash also played in five other countries (Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Venezuela & Mexico). He was kind enough to sign in 2007, he passed away on 9-12-11)

George Crowe (First baseman played for the New York Black Yankees in 1948 and passed away in January of 2011)

Larry Doby (HOF`er and former Negro League player great, sorry to report that he passed away on 6-18-03)

Joe Douse (Negro Leaguer pitched from 1952-53 for the Kansas City Monarchs. He was nice enough to sign in 10 days from home) rec'd 08-19-10

Mahlon Duckett (Former Negro League infielder played from 1940-50 with the Philadelphia Stars & Homestead Grays. He signed in 2006 and passed on July 12, 2015)

Bill Dumpson ("Showboat", played in the Negro Leagues from 1950-52 for the Indianapolis Clowns, Homestead Grays, Philadelphia Stars & New York Black Yankees. He also played for the Harlem Globetrotters and signed in 4 months from home) rec'd 01-09-11

Joe Durham (Played in the Negro Leagues during the 1952 season for the Chicago American Giants and signed in 18 days from home) rec'd 12-11-10

Frank Evans (Played & managed in the Negro Leagues from 1947-62 for the Birmingham Black Barons, Chattanooga Choo Choos, Cleveland Buckeyes & Memphis Red Sox. He signed in 2010 and passed away on August 3, 2012 at the age of 90)

Lionel Evelyn (Pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1948-49 for the Brooklyn Royal Giants & New York Cubans. He signed in 10 days from home) rec'd 12-03-10

Benny Felder (Former Negro League infielder played for the Newark Eagles (46-47), Indianapolis Clowns (48) and the Philadelphia Stars (51). He signed in 2 weeks from home) rec`d 03-09-06

John Garrett ("Hammer", pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1960-1961 with the Raleigh Tigers. He signed in 1 month from home) rec'd 09-09-10

Walter Gibbons (Pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1948-49 for the Indianapolis Clowns. He signed in 12 days from home) rec'd 08-23-10

Stanley Glenn ("Doc", Negro League catcher played for the Philadelphia Stars from 1944-50, He signed for me in 2010 and passed away on April 16, 2011)

Clyde Golden (Played in the Negro leagues for the Neward Eagles and signed in 16 days from home) rec'd 12-09-10

Herald Gordon ("Beebop", pitched for the Chicago American Giants from 1951-51 and signed in 2 weeks from home) rec'd 12-08-10

Jim Grant ("Mudcat", pitched from 1958-71 and his best seasons were with the Indians & Twins. He led the AL in wins with 21 in 1965 during his time with Minnesota. Also he sent a nice letter and signed my card in 6 weeks)

Bill Greason (Pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1948-51 for the Nashville Black Vols, Asheville Blues & Birmingham Black Barons. He was nice enough to sign in 23 days from home) rec'd 12-17-10

George Green (Played in the Negro Leauges for the Indianapolis Clowns from 1959-60 and signed in 2 weeks via Harvey Meiselman's) rec'd 12-06-10

Harold Hair ("Buster", former Negro League infielder played for the Kansas City Monarchs & Birmingham Black Barons. He signed in 17 days from home) rec`d 8-8-05

Chuck Harmon (Outfielder played from 1954-57 for the Reds, Cardinals & Phillies. He signed in just 5 days at his home address) rec`d 7-13-00

Billy Harrell (Infielder played the 1951 season in the Negro Leagues for the Birmingham Black Barons and signed in 16 days from home) rec'd 12-09-10

J.C. Hartman (Shortstop played in the Negro Leauges for the Kansas City Monarchs during the 1955 season. He signed in 2 weeks from home) rec'd 12-06-10

Neale Henderson ("Bobo", played shortstop for the Kansas City Monarchs from 1949-53 and signed in 2 weeks from home) rec'd 12-06-10

Michael Houlemard (Played in the Negro Leagues in 1954 for the Birmingham Black Barons. He signed in 2 weeks from home) rec'd 12-08-10

FAILURE: Reginald Howard (Former Negro League infielder played for the Indianapolis Clowns (1956-57), he sent a note stating "I don't sign blind autographs") rec'd 12-31-10

Cal Irvin (Was an infielder for the Newark Eagles in 1946 & Raleigh Grays in 1947 in the Negro League, he signed in 18 days from home) rec'd 12-11-10

Monte Irvin (Negro League great played 11 seasons in the Negro Leagues and another 8 seasons in the National League with the New York Giants. His signing fee is $10.-, checks should be made payble to Lincoln University)

Sam Jethroe (Former Negro League great played six seasons with the Cleveland Buckeyes, he had a .342 career average. He passed away 06-18-01)

Don Johnson (Played in the Negro Leagues for the Chicago American Giants, Philadelphia Stars, Baltimore Elite Giants & Detroit Stars from 1947-53. He signed in 2010 and passed away on December 29, 2016)

FAILURE: Ben Jones (Played in the Negro Leagues and didnt sign my ball card, instead he sent two custom index cards of his own that may be preprinted) rec'd 12-27-10

Cecil Kaiser (Pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1945-49 for the Homstead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords and in the Mexican & Canadian Leagues. He signed in 3 weeks from home) rec'd 08-30-10

Larry Kimbrough (Former Negro Leaguer played from 1942-52 and his best seasons came with the Philadelphia Stars. Sorry to report that Mr. Kimbrough has since passed away.)

Buck Leonard (Backbone of the Homestead Grays' dynasty of the late 1930's and 1940's, played in a record 11 East-West All-Star games. This ball was signed after Mr. Leonard suffered a stroke, he passed November 27, 1997)

Enrique Maroto (Pitched in the Negro Leagues for the Kansas City Monarchs and spent time in the Mexican League. He signed in 11 days from home) rec'd 08-16-10

Frank Marsh ("Lefty", was a first baseman & outfielder that played from 1954-58 for the Birmingham Black Barons & Kansas City Monarchs. He signed in 2 weeks from home) rec'd 08-23-10

Hank Mason (Pitched in 1958 & 60 for the Philadelphia Phillies but he was an established star in the Negro Leagues with the Kansas City Monarchs. He signed in 25 days from home rec`d 4-17-04

Willie Mays (HOF Giants outfielder played 22 seasons from 1951-1973. He signed my card in 2 weeks at the time of this signing his fee for cards was a $100.00 donantion to his charity the Say Hey Foundation. The address is P.O. Box 2410, Menlo Park, CA 94026-2410) rec`d 8-8-02

Bill McCrary (Shortstop played from 1946-48 in the Negro Leagues for the Kansas City Monarchs. He signed in 10 days from home) rec'd 11-24-10

John Miles ("Mule", Former Negro League outfielder played for the Chicago American Giants in the 1940's. He was nice enough to sign my card in 2010, he passed away on May 24, 2013)

Minnie Minoso (White Sox outfielder was a seven time All-Star and played from 1949-80. He also spent time in the Negro Leagues and signed my card in 1 month from home) rec`d 9-19-05

Jessie Mitchell (Outfielder played in the Negro Leagues from 1954-59 for the Birmingham Black Barons & Kansas City Monarchs. My letter was sent just before the time of his passing, his daughter in-law sent a signed card) rec'd 05-18-11

Red Moore (Infielder played in the Negro Leagues from 1936-40 for the Atlanta Black Crackers and was a three time All-Star. He signed in 6 months from home) rec'd rec'd 01-21-11

Bob Motley (Was an umpire in the Negro Leagues during the 1940's & 50's. He was nice enough to sign in 2010 and passed away on 09-14-17)

Millito Navarro (The first Puerto Rican to play baseball in the Negro Leagues. He played for the Cuban Stars in 1928 & 1929, later he played many more years for the Ponce Leones. He signed in 13 days from home and the signing fee was $10) rec'd 02-13-10

Don Newcombe(Pitched 10 seasons from 1949-60 and most of his career came with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was the 1949 NL Rookie of the Year, A four-time All-Star & won the 1956 MVP & Cy Young awards. Mr. Newcombe signed in 9 days without charging a fee) rec`d 8-9-04

Ernie Nimmons ("Cokey", outfielder played in the Negro Leagues for the Indianapolis Clowns & Philadelphia Stars. He signed in 16 days from home) rec'd 08-23-10

Buck O`Neil (Negro League great, made his name known as a player & coach with the Kansas City Monarchs. He was the major leagues first black coach. He passed away 10-06-06)

Jonathan Clyde Parris (Played in the Negro Leagues from 1946-49 for the New York Black Yankees & Louisville Buckeyes. He signed in 12 days from home and I included a donation) rec'd 11-26-10

Maurice Peatros (First baseman played in the Negro Leagues for the Pittsburgh Crawfords (1944-45), Atlanta Blackcrackers (1947) & Homestead Grays (1947). He signed in 5 weeks from home) rec'd 12-29-10

Art Pennington (Played 11 seasons in the Negro Leagues for the Chicago American Giants & Pittsburgh Crawfords. He signed in 2000 and passed away on January 04, 2017)

Charley Pride (Palyed in the Negro Leagues for the Louisville Clippers & the Birmingham Black Barons. He signed in 6 weeks from home) rec'd 01-05-11

Mack Pride Jr. (Pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1955-56 for the Memphis Red Sox & Kansas City Monarchs. He signed in 18 days from home) rec'd 11-22-10

Ted Radcliffe ("Double Duty" former Negro League great was a six-time All-Star, three times as a pitcher and three times as a catcher, started his career in 1930. Sorry to report of his passing on 8-11-05)

Ulysses Redd (Former negro league shortstop played with both the Chicago American Giants & Birmingham Black Barons in the 1940`s. I believe that Mr, Redd passed away in 2002)

James Sanders ("Jake", outfielder played in the Negro Leagues from 1956-58 with the New Orleans / Detroit Stars & Kansas City Monarchs. He was nice enough to sign in 8 days from home ) rec'd 08-09-10

Joe B Scott (Infielder played nearly 20 seasons in the Negro Leagues with the Chicago American Giants, New York Black Yankees, Pittsburgh Crawfords & the Memphis Red Sox. He signed in 3 weeks from home) rec'd 03-03-10

Robert Scott (Pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1946-50 for the New York Black Yankees. He signed in 8 days from home and the signing fee was only $5) rec'd 08-21-10

Eugene Scruggs (Pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1956-57 for the Detroit Stars, Kansas City Monarchs. He signed in 2 weeks from home) rec'd 11-26-10

Willie Sheelor (Infielder played in the Negro Leagues from 1952-55 for the Chicago American Giants & Memphis Red Sox. He was nice enough to sign in 17 days home) rec'd 12-01-10

Pedro Sierra (Played for the Indianapolis Clowns from 1954-55 and in 1956, pitched for the Detroit Stars. He signed in 8 days from home) rec'd 12-13-10

Arthur Simmons (Pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1957-58 for the Kansas City Monarchs and signed in 1 month from home) rec'd 09-09-10

Herb Simpson ("Briefcase", first baseman/outfielder played in the Negro Leagues for several teams. He signed in 2010 and passed away on January 7, 2015)

Sonny Smith (Played in the Negro Leagues from 1948-54 and spent time with the Chicago American Giants. He signed in 24 days from home) rec'd 12-20-10

Al Spearman (Pitched for the American Giants from 1949-51 and also played outfield in a few games for the Kansas City Monarchs. He signed in 2 weeks from home) rec'd 12-08-10

Mickey Stubblefield (Pitched in the Negro Leagues from 1947-49 for the Omaha Rockets & Kansas City Monarchs. He signed in 18 days from home) rec'd 08-23-10

Tommy Taylor (Pitched in the Negro Leagues and signed in 1 year) rec'd 03-07-12

Ron Teasley (Played in the Negro Leagues with the Motor City Giants, Toledo Cubs & N.Y. Cubans during the 1940`s. He signed in only 6 days at his home address) rec`d 10-7-00

Harold Tinker (The Reverend is an ex-Negro Leaguer and I`m sorry to report has since passed away)

Ted Toles (Played for the Pittsburgh Crawfords & Cleveland Buckeyes in the Negro Leagues during the 1940's. He signed in 10 days at a cost of $10 and the information can be found on his website at Contact Ted Toles) rec'd 04-10-14

Armando Vazquez (Infielder-outfielder played in the Negro Leagues for the Indianapolis Clowns, Cincinnati Clowns, Havana La Palomas, New York Cubans and Almendares, Cuba and Mexico City Tigers from 1944 to 1955. He signed in 15 days from home) rec`d 09-25-06

Johnny Walker (Played in the Negro Leagues for the Kansas City Monarchs and signed in 19 days from home) rec'd 12-15-10

Charles Wells (Played in the Negro Leagues for the Philadelphia Stars and signed in 2 months from home) rec'd 01-27-11

Dave Whitney (Played shortstop for the Kansas City Monarchs from 1952-54 and signed in 1 month from home) rec'd 12-27-10

Rosel Williams (Shortstop played for the Birmingham Black Barons in the Negro League during 1954. He signed in 14 weeks from home) rec'd 11-12-10

Walter T. Williams ("Buddy", former Negro League pitcher and 3rd baseman played from 1937-41. He was nice enough to sign in 1 week from home) rec'd 08-07-10

Artie Wilson (The last .400 hitter, in 1948, he batted .402 for the Birmingham Black Barons of the Negro American League. He passed away on 11-1-10 at age 90)


Johnny Wilson ("Jumpin Johnny", played baseball for one year (1949) with the Chicago American Giants in the Negro Leagues before playing basketball for the Harlem Globetrotters from 1949-54. He was nice enough to sign in 8 days from home) rec'd 08-09-10

Hubert Wooten ("Daddy", played with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro League from 1965-68, and was a player/manager his final two years. He signed in 15 days from home) rec'd 08-16-10

Jim Zapp (Former Negro Leaguer played with the Baltimore Elite Giants & the Birmingham Black Barons from 1945-51. He signed in 2000 and passed away on September 30, 2016)