Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ambidextrous Pitchers in the Negro Leagues

The Negro Leagues produced some of the greatest players of all-time. Read about two ambidextrous switch pitchers who played in the Negro Leagues.

Double Duty Greene - Switch Pitcher

Ulysses Grant Greene was an ambidextrous pitcher for the Indianapolis Clowns in the late 1950s. In 1959,  Two-Way Greene compiled a record of 23 victories.

"A sensation with the Indianapolis Clowns, the six-foot, 165-pounder from Tobaccoville, N. C., often pitches as a lefty, then comes back the next day as a right-hander." (Jet, 1958)

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Larry Kimbrough - Switch hitter and switch pitcher

Larry Kimbrough was a star pitcher in the old Negro Baseball League and a member of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In 1997, School Boy was inducted into the Negro Baseball Hall of Fame in Kansas City. 

As the result of a childhood injury, Larry Kimbrough became both a switch hitter and and switch pitcher, and he carried those abilities all the way to the only major leagues available to a black ballplayer in the early 1940s: the Negro leagues. With his unique talents, he played everwhere: pitcher, infield, outfield, and even catcher on the sandlots after his professional career was over. (The Negro Leagues Revisited)

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Switch Pitchers in the Negro Leagues by Gary Ashwill

Top 5 Negro League Pitchers of All Time | Bleacher Report

Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Negro Leagues Baseball History -

Negro League Baseball Players Association

The generic label, THE NEGRO LEAGUES, refers to various affiliations of professional black baseball players, extending fom the late nineteenth century to the Jackie Robinson era.

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