1966 Topps Baseball Wantlist

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

STL Player of the Week #6

When I began this weekly posting I over looked the Negro League players so I hope to rectify that. There is a wonderful book called Only the Ball was White  (Amazon) by Robert Peterson. This is a detailed history of the Negro Leagues. With all the hoopla over stats and records from the “steroid era” , how they are inflated, and how it is disgraceful for MLB. Well, this is a crock. First, how would have DiMaggio, Babe Ruth, and the other Hall of Famer hitters performed against the likes of Negro League pitchers Bullet Rogan, Cannonball Dick Redding, and Leon Day. Would CY Young, Walter Johnson. or Christy Mathewson held up under the offensive onslaught of Josh Gibson, Buck O’Neal, and Buck Leonard? So the stats in the Hall of Fame are a gold standard?

But I digress; I was able to locate a Negro League player from STL. Pitcher
Richard Henderson "Dick" Whitworth was born in STL on 8/28/1895 and passed on 3/1/1966 in STL. Dick played with the Chicago Union Giants 1914-1916, Chicago American Giants 1915-1919, Hilldale Club 1920-1921, and again with the Chicago American Giants in 1922. Dick’s career stats are as follows; he had a record of 72 and 35 in 135 games. He walked 346 batters and strike outs 461. His career ERA was 2.56 and his WHIP 1.204. No too shabby. No surprise that I couldn’t find a baseball card for Dick but I did locate this photo.

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