After the major leagues integrated it was O’Neil who emerged front and center as an eloquent spokesman to make sure the feats of his Negro Leagues comrades lived on in history. Indianapolis ABC's manager C.I. They’re also rough, as is much of the history of the Negro Leagues, because just like the African-American population at large during the time, Black ballplayers were treated as second-class citizens. Torriente outhit Ruth in most categories and Almendares beat the Giants, five games to four. He died in New York City at age 44, after a long battle with alcoholism and tuberculosis. The field has seen better days. On another summer day of last year, Wilson gathers about a dozen or so Yemeni and Bangladeshi kids just off the right-field line of Hamtramck Stadium. Negro Leaguers made less money than white minor leaguers; whole teams squeezed into cars for road games; on the road they were always on the watch for hostile police and Ku Klux Klansmen; and there were no official statisticians tracking their numbers. Cristóbal Torriente (November 16, 1893 – April 11, 1938) was a Cuban outfielder in And I’m just sorry he’s not here to see this.”, Thompson’s sister, Rosilyn Stearnes-Brown, says that she and Joyce were born after their father’s playing days, but they recall fondly how the older people in their westside Detroit neighborhood used to crow about their dad and how he blasted home runs so hard and far they’d say “he hit it in somebody’s kitchen!”, “He was fast,” Rosalyn says. The 175-pound Stearnes was a fast baserunner despite his awkward-looking running form, and was one of the best outfielders of his generation. He tracked down former teammate and friend José Méndez and was hired by J. L. Wilkinson to play for his All Nations just before a big series with C. I. Taylor's Indianapolis ABCs and Rube Foster's Chicago American Giants.  Torriente would play several years for both teams. He retired from the Negro leagues with a career .331 average. He also, like Cobb, was known for his competitiveness and his temper. He is credited with 176 home runs in his Negro league career, the all-time Negro league record, and 50 more than second-place Mule Suttles. He won the batting title in 1920 and in 1923 with a .412 average. Despite his accomplishments, Stearnes had to work winters in Detroit's auto plants to survive, primarily in a factory owned by Walter Briggs, who was the owner of the Detroit Tigers, a team he couldn't play for because he was black. In Detroit, he received less media attention than Gibson did with the Homestead Grays, who were perennial pennant winners and, despite hailing from Homestead (a suburb of Pittsburgh), played half of their home games in media-rich Washington, D.C. And, Gillette adds, “Turkey was a very quiet guy. He was one of the first class of inductees of the Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. Gillette’s research shows that Stars owner, John Roesink, likely chose to relocate because 1920s Detroit had become increasingly hostile to its black population. "Champion Monarchs Open Season With Victory" The Kansas City Advocate, Kansas City, Kansas, Friday, May 29, 1925, Page 3, Columns 1 to 5, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Turkey_Stearnes&oldid=981289497, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, Negro league baseball statistics and player information from, Career statistics and player information from, This page was last edited on 1 October 2020, at 12:12.
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