James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell


Pro Baseball Career

Negro Leagues (1922-1950)

• St. Louis Stars (1922-1931)

– NL Champions (’28, ‘30, ’31)

– Batting Averages: .354 (’25), .362 (’26), .319 (’27), .332 (’28), .312 (’29), .332 (’30), .322 (’31)

• Detroit Wolves (’32)

• Kansas City Monarchs (’32, ‘34)

• Homestead Grays (’32, ‘43-’46)

– NL Champions (’43, ‘44, ’45)

– Batting Averages: .356 (’43), .373 (’44), .302 (’45), .396 (’46)

• Pittsburgh Crawfords (’33-’38)

– Batting Averages: .362 (’33), .317 (’34), .341 (’35), .329 (’36)

• East-West All-Star Game (’33-’44)

• Santo Domingo (’37)

• Mexican League (’38-’41)

• Memphis Red Sox (’42)

• Chicago American Giants (’42)

– Batting Average: .370

• Detroit Senators (’47)

• Kansas City Stars (’48-’50)

 

Did You Know?

On August 12, 1974, Cool Papa was the first native Mississippian inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.





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