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Brianna Lugo-Cool Papa Bell
"I remember one game I got five hits and stole five bases, but none of it was written down because they didn't bring the scorebook to the game that day."
"James Thomas Bell "Cool Papa" Negro League 1922-1950 Combined Speed, Daring And Batting Skill To Rank Among Best Players In Negro Leagues, Contemporaries Rated Him Fastest Man On Base Paths Hit Over 300 Regularly Topping 400 On Occasion, Played 29 Summers And 21 Winters Of Professional Baseball. "
Cool Papa Bell running home after a baseball game to change for his job
"Cool Papa Bell's" real name is James Thomas. He lived in Starkville, Ms. He was born on May 17,1903 and died March 7,1991. His baseball career was from 1921 to 1950. At age 17 Bell moved North to St.Louis to live a better life and join a team with his 4 brothers to make more money.
In 1940 Cool Papa Bell had a Triple Crown in Mexican League. A Triple Crown is accomplished by leading the league in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average all in the same season.Then in 1943-44 he won the world series with Homestead Gray.
Cool Papa Bell would run home after a baseball game ended so he could go change for his second job, but despite the racism that Cool Papa had to go through it never got in the way of reaching his dream of becoming a baseball player and having a second job.
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