Tuesday, March 29, 2011

John Donaldson: Unsung Great African-American Baseball Player

I love stories like this.

But, still, Wikipedia's entry shows an entry back to 2007, and I think I've read of him over the years when reading about other great Negro League ballplayers, whether Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Buck Leonard, etc.

Great story, though, and nice to have a great ballplayer, who was a contemporary of once-famous and still somewhat known white baseball players such as Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner and Ty Cobb, finally remembered.

My sense is that Donaldson faded into obscurity because he came from an era that was before Paige and Gibson, and before the most prominent years of the Negro Leagues. Still, he deserves to be remembered...

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