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    1929, features Negro League all-star and Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Wells. . At the time this card was issued, Wells was a young shortstop playing for the St. Louis Stars of the Negro League. Wells led the league in hitting in 1929, batting .400, and again in 1930, averaging .409. The card identifies Wells along the base as "W. Wells" and also gives his position ("Short Stop") in white lettering.
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    Question, Jackie, do you remember ever going to a Brooklyn Royal Giants game? Did you watch them play?

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    1911 New York Lincoln Giants:



    "New York Lincoln Giants, 1911 from their inaugural season. The Lincoln Giants were one of early Negro League baseball's greatest and most legendary teams. This club is credited with a 108-12 record in 1911, winning the first of three straight eastern championships. "Copyright 1911 by C. Mason Photo, N.Y." in the lower left. This team was managed by Sol White (center), and includes HOFer John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, (.475 average in 1911), Dick "Cannonball" Redding, Spot Poles, Louis Santop, Grant "Home Run" Johnson, and Dan McClellan (who threw the first perfect game in black baseball history for the 1903 Cuban X Giants). Half of this roster came from two other noted early teams, the 1903-04 Cuban X Giants and the 1905-06 Philadelphia Giants"

    from www.nlbpa.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by 538280
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    And the hat poster strikes again. If you keep this up, you should change your username to " Harry The Hat". Just joking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKIE42
    And the hat poster strikes again. If you keep this up, you should change your username to " Harry The Hat". Just joking.
    Here's another one, Jackie, the Kansas City Monarchs:


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    Quote Originally Posted by 538280
    Here's another one, Jackie, the Kansas City Monarchs:

    Did you know that there was a player with the nickname " Harry The Hat". For extra points what was his full name, and who did he play for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACKIE42
    Did you know that there was a player with the nickname " Harry The Hat". For extra points what was his full name, and who did he play for.
    Harry Walker, and he played mostly for the Cardinals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 538280
    Harry Walker, and he played mostly for the Cardinals.
    Here's some interesting stuff, about Harry, and his brother, who we loved in Brooklyn.

    The son of major league pitcher Ewart "Dixie" Walker and brother of 1944 NL batting champ Fred "Dixie" Walker, Harry is the only player to win a NL batting title playing for two teams in the same season (and the Walker brothers are the only major league siblings to each win a batting average crown). Harry was hitting .200 through May 3, 1947 when the Cardinals traded him to the Phillies. He pounded the ball for a .371 average the rest of the way to finish at .363. It was to be his only outstanding season.

    It was Walker who, in Game Seven of the 1946 WS, drove in Enos Slaughter from first base with the winning run to defeat the Red Sox. He was called Harry the Hat because, at the plate, he would adjust his cap after every pitch. As a result of his tugging, he went through 20 caps a season. He became a manager, taking over the Cardinals from Eddie Stanky for most of 1955 and pinch hitting nine times. He managed Pittsburgh from 1965 through mid-1967 (twice bringing them in third) and Houston from 1968 through late 1972. He continued in baseball as a batting coach. (JK)


    http://www.baseballlibrary.com/baseb...lker_Harry.stm
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