Cowan F. “Bubba” Hyde was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi on April 10, 1908. He was an exceptionally speedy outfielder who spent most of his Negro League baseball career with Memphis Red Sox (1924, 1927, 1937 – 1950). Still in high school during his early years with the Red Sox, he went to college and afterwards played with the St. Louis Giants, Birmingham Black Barons, and Cincinnati Tigers before returning to Memphis in 1937. The team tied for the Negro American League (NAL) pennant in 1938 with “Bubba” roaming the outfield. Hyde played in the 1943 and 1946 East-West All Star Games. When Negro league baseball declined, Hyde played in the minor leagues until 1953; retiring at 45 years old.