Whirty: More info on Negro Leaguer Clarence ‘Waxey’ Williams

From SABR member Ryan Whirty at Home Plate Don’t Move on May 24, 2015:

As I pursue research on Clarence “Waxey” Williams for one article (and hopefully more), a pretty remarkable picture of the man and the player is quickly crystallizing. Before I really started digging into his life and career, I knew him primarily as a top-shelf “colored” catcher (an sometimes center fielder) a few decades on both sides of the turn of the century, largely for the great Cuban Giants, beginning circa 1880s.

Williams is also at the front of the list for the nationally known Negro League Baseball Grave Marker Project — Williams is buried near Atlantic City in an unmarked grave, a situation that the NLBGMP, led by local volunteer Michael Everett, is quickly trying to rectify.

But now that I’ve really dug into the meat of Waxey’s story — a process I began with this blog post — a fantastic and, shall we say, colorful portrait emerges, one that for me, for one, was heretofore unknown.

Read the full article here: https://homeplatedontmove.wordpress.com/2015/05/24/2492/

Originally published: May 28, 2015. Last Updated: May 28, 2015.