When he spoke, he took you places; your mind drifted as he waxed eloquently over the giants of the Negro leagues, including Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, Ray Dandridge, Buck Leonard
and Cool Papa Bell.
Park in Chicago by showcasing marquee names, including first baseman Buck Leonard
and pitcher Smokey Joe Williams, and generated the most revenues and coverage from the white press.
The infield consists of Buck Leonard
at first base, Willie Wells at second base, Ray Dandridge at third base, and young Artie Wilson at shortstop.
Like Shelby Foote (the Civil War historian) and Buck Leonard
(the old ballplayer), who achieved greater fame after appearing in Ken Burns documentaries, Al McIntosh may become something of a household name this fall when Burns' epic series on World War II airs on PBS.
The list of other personalities who have visited Dick's over the years includes, among others, Stan Musial, Bobby Richardson, Clyde King, Bill Giles, the owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, Buck Leonard
, Jack McKeon, "Bones" McKinney, Harris Barton of the San Francisco 49ers (a roommate of Lee Gliarmis' son, Lee, at UNC-Chapel Hill), Ava Gardner, Estes Kefauver (a former U.
The Grays, of course, for years fielded teams featuring legendary greats such as Josh Gibson and Buck Leonard
But baseball in the Negro Leagues wasn't subpar; it was baseball at its best, and it produced some of the game's most talented players, including Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, William (Judy) Johnson, Buck Leonard
, Leon Day, Buck Leonard
, Buck O'Neil and Cool Papa Bell.
The Homestead Grays of the old "Negro League,' team of the legendary Buck Leonard
and Josh Gibson, played frequently at Griffith Stadium into the 1940s, and when Satchel Paige and the rest of the Kansas City Monarchs came to town, they would outdraw the Senators several times over.
There is a special exhibit honoring the seven North Carolina players who have been inducted into the national Hall of Fame: Catfish Hunter, Hoyt Wilhelm, Gaylord Perry, Enos Slaughter, Rick Ferrell, Buck Leonard
and Luke Appling.
In addition, Black Baseball provides background information on the eleven Negro League World Series contests and separate biographies of select legends, including Buck Leonard
, Martin Dihigo, and, of course, Rube Foster, Satchel Paige, and Josh Gibson.