Dec 26 2010

Birmingham Black Barons of 1943

Birmingham Black Barons

Birmingham Black Barons of 1943

Under veteran manager Winfield “Gus” Welch, the Black Barons won consecutive Negro American League pennants in 1943-44, but lost the ensuing World Series to the Homestead Grays each time.

In the former year, Piper Davis and Tommy Sampson formed a smooth doubleplay combination and also supplied some offensive punch to complement cleanup hitter Lester Lockett’s output.

A balanced pitching staff included John Markham, Alred Saylor and Gready McKinnis.

The Black Barons won the first-half title and defeated the Chicago-American Giants in the league play-offs, before losing to the Grays in a seven-game World Series.

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