In celebration of Black History Month, here is Today’s Negro League Baseball History Fact: Walter McCoy.
A right-handed pitcher born on February 20, 1924 in San Diego, California; Walter McCoy served in the military before beginning his Negro League baseball career. After World War II, he pitched for the Chicago American Giants from 1945 to 1949.
In 1950, McCoy became the first African-American to play for the Sacramento franchise of the Class AAA, Pacific Coast League. He spent the remainder of the decade in the lower minor leagues and Mexican League before retiring in 1955.
Negro League is not just a part of African-American history, but is woven into the fabric of 20th Century American history.
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