Klima: Happy 100th birthday to Piper Davis

From SABR member Gary Cieradkowski at The Infinite Baseball Card Set on July 2, 2017, with SABR member John Klima:

This week we have a special guest author, John Klima. John wrote the very well reviewed Willie’s Boys: The 1948 Birmingham Black Barons, The Last Negro League World Series, and the Making of a Baseball Legend. If you haven’t read it already, I highly recommend it. As the title suggests, Willie’s Boys is the story of the 1948 Black Barons.

Today, the Black Barons are overshadowed by the more well-known teams like the Monarchs and Grays, yet Birmingham can boast some really great alumni, such as Satchel Paige, Mule Suttles, Artie Wilson, Sam Bankhead, Charley Pride, Sam Streeter, Lyman Bostock, and of course, Willie Mays. Throughout the 1940’s Birmingham was the strongest club in the Negro American League, winning pennants in 1943, 1944 and 1948.

The ’48 squad was piloted by by their 4-time All-Star second baseman, Lorenzo “Piper” Davis, and it is Piper who John Klima has so graciously written about, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of his birth.

Read the full article here: http://infinitecardset.blogspot.com/2017/07/231-piper-davis-happy-100th-birthday.html?spref=fb

Originally published: July 5, 2017. Last Updated: July 5, 2017.