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. . . A Web site has been launched by Chicagoan Gary Crawford called www.NegroLeagueLegends.org. Former players who participate on the site receive royalties from autographed items of theirs that are sold. Among former stars of the Negro leagues also featured on talked about on the site are MLB Hall of Famers Billy Williams (former Barnstormer), and former Negro League Stars Frank Williams, Ernie Banks and White Sox legend Minnie Minoso. The site also has a photo section devoted to the past president of the Negro American League and the Chicago American Giants--former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis.
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........ You would think players would approach the sessions with a smile, and most do. But some seem to appreciate fans more than others. As Negro League players Johnny Washington, 75; Charles Johnson, 96; Bob Wiggins, 72; Ernie Westfield, 71, and Hank Presswood, 84, sit behind a table, hoping to sell merchandise and/or their autographs, they'll talk baseball with anyone who stops by. Westfield, a former Birmingham Baron, recites a poem he has written about Strikeout'' and begins like this: ''The first pitch I really didn't see/because the ball was so fast it scared the devil out of me.''
''I started writing poetry when I was a kid,'' Westfield says. ''I stuttered badly then, but when I read poetry in class, everyone started clapping for me. That captured my attention, and it helped me lose my stutter.''
A Web site that hopes to serve as a virtual trade show for the Negro Leaguers ... You think that if the world was fair, these are the guys who would be commanding $225 for their signature on flats and minis.
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A week ago, 12 players from the Negro Leagues and pre-Negro Leagues were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Yet the Negro Leagues are still somewhat of an ignored chapter in history. In 1950, The Chicago American Giants drew thousands of spectators to each game. That was Johnny Washington's last year with the team, as an outfielder and first baseman. He says most whites (especially in the North) didn't even know baseball was segregated, but Washington certainly knew differently.
"In the '40s, segregation was at its best. The Klan used to march outside the games. I guess they wanted an autograph," Washington told me
with a laugh. "One-third of the crowd [inside the game] was white."
Nathan Griffin also played for the Chicago American Giants -- in 1951. He earned a tryout with the White Sox and Dodgers, but was one of the
last men cut from each team.
"I met the stars of my life. I talked to Duke Snider," Griffin said.
"You'd be surprised the stars that would talk to us little guys."
At baseball nostalgia trade shows, teenagers wear $300 jackets bearing Negro League insignias and yet they walk right by these two unrecognized pioneers of baseball. Washington is now 76; Griffin 75. Both are Chicago-area natives. They are among approximately 160 Negro Leaguers left, and they are trying to make sure their contribution goes down in history as more than just a fashion statement for teenagers.
"We want people to know why there are blacks in the major leagues," Washington said. "There are some players there who don't even know why."
"One thing that sorrows me," Griffin said, "it doesn't seem as though black players talk about us. It looks like once they made it, they just
forgot. You should never forget where you came from."
Griffin and Washington (and Mr. Hank Presswood), meanwhile, will be at the Never Too Old store in Lombard at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, and the Negro League Cafe Monday night at 7 p.m., at 301 E.43rd St.
Crawford says he feels bad that some of these players have been cheated over the years, in so many ways. But he admires the tenacity of the Negro League players, and says it's a lesson that transcends baseball.
"Instead of pouting, they created their own business (league)," Crawford said. "And with the help from both whites and blacks, together they became very successful. Isn't that the way it should always be?"
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