Cool Papa Bell: Legendary Talent Trumped by Prejudice

0224spo_negrolg_truckBorn today Cool Papa Bell
Faster than a bat from hell.*
Whom no Major League  team would sign
Because of the shameful Color Line.

*What others said about him:

1. Josh Gibson: “Cool Papa Bell was so fast he could get out of bed, turn out the lights across the room, and be back  in bed under the covers before the lights went out.”

2. Satchel Paige: “One time he hit a line drive right past my ear. I turned around and saw the ball hit his ass sliding into second.”


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  • Also faster than a bat from Hillerich & Bradsby.

  • Well, if Satchel is correct, then Cool Papa was out.

  • In reply to 4zen:

    Under current rules, that is correct, because a batted ball hit a runner.

    I bet there is some technicality, though.

  • In reply to jack:

    A bit of irony from Old Satch.

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