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Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (May 23nd)

May 23, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Wednesday, May 23rd – The Cleveland Tigers are visiting the Birmingham Black Barons at “The Wood” (Rickwood Field) for a double header. Birmingham won game #1 9-1. As is common in the Negro Leagues, the second game is scheduled for 7 innings.

Here are the starting lineups:

Cleveland Tigers
1. Tack Summers, LF
2. Harry Jeffries, 3B
3. Heavy Johnson, RF
4. Babe Melton, 2B
5. Charles Zomphier, 1B
6. Ted Stockard, SS
7. Frank Stevens, CF
8. Chancellor Edwards, C
9. Nelson Dean, P

Birmingham Black Barons
1. Geechie Meredith, 2B
2. George McAllister, 1B
3. Chuffy Alexander, LF
4. Roy Parnell, CF
5. Ray Sheppard, 3B
6. Dewitt Owens, SS
7. Reuben Jones, RF
8. Satchel Paige, P
9. Bill Perkins, C

Cleveland sends their #1 pitcher, 29-year-old Nelson Dean, against Birmingham’s 21-year-old sensation, Satchel Paige.

Birmingham scores 3 runs in 3 innings against Dean, who switches positions in the 4th with RF Heavy Johnson. Johnson manages to hold Birmingham scoreless the rest of the way.

On other side, Paige is being Paige. In his complete game 7 innings, he gives up 1 run (0 Earned), 5 hits, 1 walk, and strikes out 8. Birmingham wins 3-1, sweeping the double-header from Cleveland.

NOTES: Geechie Meredith goes 2-3 with 3 runs scored. Ray Sheppard is 2 for 3 with a triple and 1 RBI.

Other Scores:
No other games played.

Ray Sheppard -Birmingham

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