Negro League Inductions
The Boston Globe
Just as Jackie Robinson broke into the majors, Mackey was calling it a day, after some 30 years of playing and managing, the bulk of his career spanning the first quarter-century of the Negro Leagues. He was once referred to as ‘‘The master of defense of all catchers’’ by Hall-of-Fame backstop Roy Campanella. Voted the Negro leagues’ top catcher in a 1954 Pittsburgh Courier poll. His best years were with Philadelphia, leading the Hilldales to the 1925 Negro League World Series title.
Biz Mackey
Just as Jackie Robinson broke into the majors, Mackey was calling it a day, after some 30 years of playing and managing, the bulk of his career spanning the first quarter-century of the Negro Leagues. He was once referred to as ‘‘The master of defense of all catchers’’ by Hall-of-Fame backstop Roy Campanella. Voted the Negro leagues’ top catcher in a 1954 Pittsburgh Courier poll. His best years were with Philadelphia, leading the Hilldales to the 1925 Negro League World Series title.
(Courtesy of the Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, NY.)