Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Happy Baseball Birthday...Turkey Stearns.

Today's Baseball Birthday is kinda special.

If you pay attention to the backgrounds of baseball blogs, you'll notice that my background photo is actually today's Baseball Birthday Boy, former Nergo Leaguer and Hall of Famer Turkey Stearns.

How cool is that picture!

He looks great in that Detroit uniform.

Stearns was born on this day, May 8th, 1901, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Stearns made his big league debut with the Nashville Giants of the Negro National League, in 1920.

In 1923 he joined the Detroit Stars, and  a NNL star was born.

Because Negro League records weren't kept as well as MLB records, Stearns 176 home runs(NNL Record) may be well short of the actual total.

Stearns won 7 NNL HR titles and 4 NNL batting titles, and appeared in 4 Negro League All-Star Games.

He was a terrific base runner and is considered by many Nergo League experts as the best left fielder in league history.

Turkey Stearns passed away in 1979, in Detroit, at age 78.

Stearns was Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2000.

Happy Birthday Turkey Stearns!

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