OK here's some examples. I've done a lot of research on ProQuest over the past couple months and I've looked up many games between negro league stars and major leaguers. I've seen box scores or game summaries that show a position player for the "major league" team pitch. Examples:
Originally Posted by Dontworry
- Frank Brower, an outfielder, pitching in a game against the Brooklyn Royal Giants for Joe Judge's All Stars in 1920.
- George "Highpockets" Kelly was a 1st baseman for the Giants and pitched against the Cuban teams on a tour in 1920. This was the game where Torriente gained some notoriety for hitting 3 homers in one game. That's a great feat but keep in mind it was off a FIRST BASEMAN.
- Babe Ruth pitched in the same series and this was a couple years after he stopped pitching. Ruth also pitched during his barnstorming tours in the 1920s which included games against Negro League teams.
- When the Tigers went to Cuba in 1909 Ty Cobb didn't play. In Cobb's place they used a CATCHER named Breckeridge. It's clear to me from reading the accounst that they took a minimal team of 10-12 guys to play a dozen games and players had to play multiple positions.
Anyway, my only point is that these were just exhibition games.
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