Whirty: The Hall of Fame case for George Stovey

From SABR member Ryan Whirty at Home Plate Don’t Move on March 23, 2016:

Such was the introduction of ace African-American pitcher George Stovey to much of the base ball loving public in America. Stovey, a native of Williamsport, Pa., was one of the early “colored” stars in what had already become the national pastime.

As a hurler in the still evolving sport, Stovey was good enough to play for several squads in Organized Baseball before the final, firm drawing of the color line. He was also associated as a manager and organizer with some of the greatest 19th-century black teams, including the seminal Cuban Giants and the Page Fence Giants, making him a trailblazer in many ways.

So, the question is this: Does George Stovey belong in the National Baseball Hall of Fame?

This is another entry in my ongoing series of posts highlighting some of the legendary segregation-era, African-American players, managers and executives who have, for whatever reason, so far been shut out of the the halls of Cooperstown.

Read the full article here: https://homeplatedontmove.wordpress.com/2016/03/22/the-case-for-the-hall-george-stovey/

Originally published: March 23, 2016. Last Updated: March 23, 2016.