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Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Posey was peerless in Negro Leagues lore

The only person to be inducted in both the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame, Cumberland “Cum” Willis Posey, Jr. is regarded as one of the greatest athletes of his era and a legendary entrepreneur; he was voted into the baseball Hall as a pioneer/executive.

For thirty-five years, Posey was one of the most influential men in baseball. He knew the sport inside and out, having been at nearly every level at some point in his career. Posey was a player, manager, owner, executive and league officer.

Born June 20, 1890, to Cumberland Willis Posey Sr. and Angelina “Anna” Stevens Posey in Homestead, Pa., Cum was their youngest son. Homestead, an integrated suburb of Pittsburgh, was booming due to Carnegie Steel Corporation’s growth. Posey Sr, the son of freed slaves, is believed to be the first African-American to receive an engineering license in the United States. He got his start as a deck sweeper on a ferry boat and eventually founded his own shipbuilding company—Posey Steamboat Company. Anna, a teacher from Ohio, was the first African-American to graduate from as well as teach at Ohio State University. In addition to his other businesses, Cum Posey, Sr. was one of the original investors in the historically Black Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, where Posey Jr. later wrote regular columns called “Pointed Paragraphs” and “Posey’s Points.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 14, 2020 at 09:12 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: October 14, 2020 at 10:27 AM (#5982947)
Everyone clicked on this to see how Buster Posey was linked to the negro leagues
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 14, 2020 at 10:29 AM (#5982950)
We had a thread the other day on the retirement of “Dick” as a name...
   3. Der-K's emotional investment is way up Posted: October 14, 2020 at 10:38 AM (#5982955)
I visited the NLBM last year with some non-baseball fan friends and watched one dude do a literal double take when they saw Posey's name.
   4. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: October 14, 2020 at 11:10 AM (#5982959)
Posey was known for his intelligence and poise, and that's where the word Cumposeyure came from.
   5. Howie Menckel Posted: October 14, 2020 at 01:17 PM (#5983001)
I wonder if he ever caught legendary Negro Leagues hurler Cannonball Dick Redding.
   6. asinwreck Posted: October 14, 2020 at 05:08 PM (#5983035)
An alternate history of the 30s where Posey owned the Pirates would have produced much better National League baseball.
   7. flournoy Posted: October 15, 2020 at 07:42 PM (#5983255)
Everyone clicked on this to see how Buster Posey was linked to the negro leagues

Nope. I came (so to speak) for the kind of comments seen above...
   8. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 15, 2020 at 07:45 PM (#5983258)
I learned about Posey in Brad Snyder's "Beyond the Shadow of the Senators". There may be better books on the Negro Leagues that have come out since, but that is a good one.
   9. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 15, 2020 at 07:47 PM (#5983259)
We had a thread the other day on the retirement of “Dick” as a name...

I was thinking similarly when I read the Whitey Ford obituary thread. Not too many "Whiteys" these days...
   10. Booey Posted: October 15, 2020 at 07:50 PM (#5983260)
#9 - I know an old guy who still goes by "Whitey", but that's a spin off of his last name (Whitelock).

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