Saturday, January 5, 2013

Remembering Negro League pitching ace Ross 'Satchel' Davis, 94

Ross 'Satchel' Davis signed photo

Ross “Satchel” Davis, former pitcher for the Cleveland Buckeyes of the Negro Leagues, passed away at the age of 94 from complications due to pneumonia early in the morning on January 1st, at the DeBakey VA hospital in Houston, Texas.

Click here to view photos and read more about Davis' career in the Negro Leagues, which included an appearance in the 1947 Negro World Series with the Cleveland Buckeyes.

I had the opportunity to speak with Davis in 2008 for an hour about baseball. I wish that I had recorded the interview, as it was extremely spirited and informative. Around the same time I spoke with him, another writer went and visited him at his home in Garwood, Texas, and posted a wonderful article about their meeting.
The article captures the essence  of what I remember about Ross "Satchel" Davis from the encounter I had with him on the phone. Rest in peace.


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