The 'Black Babe Ruth' was an unmatched power hitter in the Negro Leagues; tragically died three months before baseball was integrated.
He joined the Homestead Grays of the Negros Leagues to replace their injured catcher, and immediately made his presence felt, batting .441 his first season.
He hit 115 home runs during his 510-game career in the Negro Leagues, while batting .359. One of his most impressive seasons came in 1937, when he played in 25 games and hit .423 with 13 home runs and 36 RBIs.
He grew up in Buena Vista, Georgia.
He followed his good friend Satchel Paige as the second Negro Leagues player to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.