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Schoolboy: Jim Tugerson: Ace of the '53 Smokies

by:
R.S. Allen (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-4986-2 ©2008
Price: $11.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 153 pages
Category/Subject: SPORTS & RECREATION / Baseball / History

Jim Tugerson, optioned to the Knoxville Smokies by Hot Springs because he was black, sued the league and then won 33 games at Knoxville – the most in organized baseball in 1953.

Abstract:
This is the story of Jim Tugerson, a black baseball player, a pitcher, from Florence Villa, Florida, who in 1953 showed the baseball world and his Knoxville Smokies’ teammates a side of him no one would ever forget, a side that defined him as a ball player and as a man.

Schoolboy came to the Smokies because he was black. After being denied a second time to pitch for Hot Springs, Schoolboy’s attorney filed a $50,000 civil rights lawsuit against the Cotton States League and others. At Knoxville he compiled 29 regular season wins and 4 playoff wins, making him the winningest pitcher in organized baseball that year.

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