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Local resident reflects on time with Negro Baseball League
Local resident reflects on time with Negro Baseball League

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Hot Springs Daily) - In 1946 a young 17 year old black youth from Beloit, Wisconsin showed up for a try out with the St. Louis Cardinals Baseball team, only because he was pushed to do so by his father and his American Legion league coach. He really didn’t want to be there, he didn’t think he belonged. After all, he was the only black ball player among the forty or fifty that showed up. Immediately after the try out – fielding, throwing, hitting, base running, etc., the undersized boy – 5’6” and 125 lbs – got on his bicycle and rode off, while the other attendees gathered with the coaches and scouts to see if they would be chosen to move to the next level.

Full story can be found at the Hot Springs Daily: http://on.kthv.com/1gYjye0