Monday, April 15, 2013

Jackie Robinson Day

Since today is Jackie Robinson day I will show cards of two guys that were benefited by his re-braking of the color barrier. Two negro league stars that came to organized ball.
Frank Evans:
Frank Evans was a professional baseball player in the Negro leagues. He played for Birmingham Black Barons, Memphis Red Sox, Kansas City Monarchs, Detroit Stars, Cleveland Buckeyes, Philadelphia Stars among others, He was a long time Coach and Scout for the Louisville Red Birds. He has a successful baseball career which began in 1937 as a teenager. He passed away on August 3, 2012 in Opelika, Alabama when he was 90 years old.
Herb 'Briefcase' Simpson:
Simpson played for the Double-A Texas League Albuquerque Dukes in 1952, 1953, and 1954. While with the Dukes he hit .331 with 16 homers from the left side.  He had 76 doubles while in Albuquerque. But since this is Jackie Robinson day I should not leave out that he played in the Negro Leagues with the Seattle Steelheads and the Chicago American Giants making him one of those who paved the way for dark skin players to find their way on to a MLB team. Thank you Herb.

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