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James “Cool Papa” Bell
Outfielder, First Baseman, Pitcher, Manager, St. Louis Stars, Detroit Wolves, Kansas City Monarchs, Pittsburgh Homestead Grays (partial list).
“Cool Papa” Bell was born on May 17, 1903 in Starkville, Mississippi. His parents were Jonas Bell and Mary Nichols, a sharecropper. He died March 7, 1991. He left Starkville in 1920 to live with his brothers in St. Louis, Missouri to continue his education. In 1921, while working in a packing plant, he joined the Compton Hills Cubs, a semi-pro baseball team in St. Louis, where three of his older brothers played.
Bell, who is considered the fastest man to ever play baseball professionally, he began his Negro League career with the St. Louis Stars in 1922 as a pitcher. As a rookie he earned the nickname “Cool Papa” after he struck out hitting legend Oscar Charleston and hit a home run to seal the victory.
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