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Leon Day


Vital Statistics:

Born:Oct. 30, 1916 in Alexandria, Va.

Died: March 13, 1995

Teams: Baltimore Black Sox (1934), Brooklyn Eagles (1935), Newark Eagles (1936-39, 1941-43, 46), Baltimore Elite Giants (1949-50)

Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1995

Height: 5-9

Weight: 170

Batted: Right

Threw: Right

Primary positions: Pitcher, second base

Career Highlights:

  • One of the great strikeout pitchers of the Negro Leagues, with a great fastball and curve.
  • Played second base when he didn't pitch, and was a good contact hitter and fast runner.
  • Went 13-0 and batted .325 in 1937.
  • Pitched a no-hitter in his first game back from World War II in 1946, for the Philadelphia Stars.
  • Established the Puerto Rican record of 19 strikeouts in a game in 1940, and set a Negro League record with 18 strikeouts in a 1942 game.

After Baseball:

  • Pitched on integrated Army teams during World War II.
  • He's the only Hall of Famer to be enshrined with a cap of a team outside the mainland United States; his plaque depicts him as a "Aguadilla Shark" (Los Tiburones de Aguadilla), a Puerto Rican team.
  • Died of a heart attack just six days after learning he'd been elected to the Hall of Fame.
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