From Kerri Stowell at Fox 4/Kansas City on May 23, 2017, with mention of SABR member Peter Gorton:
A Missouri athlete was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame Tuesday more than a century after shattering records.
John Donaldson isn’t a household name, but he should be.
Donaldson is a legendary Negro Leagues pitcher and is considered one of the founding members of the Kansas City Monarchs. During his time with the Monarchs he pitched, played center field and batted cleanup.
In 1949 the Chicago With Sox hired him and made him the first full-time African-American scout in MLB history. According to The Donaldson Network, Donaldson scouted the all-time greats including Willie Mays, Ernie Banks and Hank Aaron.
- Related link: Watch SABR member Peter Gorton’s introductory speech for John Donaldalson’s induction (Vimeo)
Originally published: May 23, 2017. Last Updated: May 23, 2017.