Negro League star. Left school at 14 to work for Atlantic Coast Line railroad. Played semipro ball for Rocky Mount Elks and Black Swans. Signed pro contract with Baltimore Stars of Negro National League, 1933. Changed clubs several times before signing with Homestead Grays in 1934. Played with Grays through 1950. As first baseman, teamed with catcher Josh Gibson to form most feared one-two punch in Negro League history. Helped Grays win nine league titles, 1937–1945. Played in all-star game 12 times. A power hitter and peerless fielder. Played in Mexican leagues in early 1950s. Declined offer from St. Louis Browns to play in majors in 1950, but played 10 games for Portsmouth (Piedmont League) in 1953, batting .333. VP of Rocky Mount team in Carolina League in 1960s. First Tar Heel in National Baseball Hall of Fame. Born Rocky Mount, 1907. Died 1997.
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