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Thursday, 26 June 2014
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : AFRICAN AMERICAN " LEON DAY " WAS A RIGHT HANDED PITCHER IN THE NEGRO LEAGUE : GOES INTO THE " HALL OF BLACK GENIUS ""
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY Leon Day (October 30, 1916 – March 13, 1995) was an American right-handed pitcher in the Negro leagues. He played for the Baltimore Black Sox, the Brooklyn & Newark Eagles, and the Baltimore Elite Giants.
He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995.
Day, born in Alexandria, Virginia, is noted for pitching a perfect season in 1937 (13-0) while playing for the Newark Eagles, and for his fastball. Day was also a good hitter and baserunner, batting .320 in 1937.
From 1935 through 1946 he appeared in a record seven East-West All-Star Games, and set an all-star record by striking out 14 batters. On July 24, 1942 Day set an NNL record when he struck out 18 Baltimore batters in a single game - including Roy Campanella three times. Day's teammate Monte Irvin referred to him
When the Negro league was in the off-season, Day played winter ball in Puerto Rico. There he established a Puerto Rican record of 19 strikeouts.
During World War II Day served in the United States Army, landing on Utah Beach on D-Day. He was discharged in February 1946, and on May 5 of that year pitched an Opening Day no-hitter against the Philadelphia Stars.
In 1950 he left the United States to play in Canada for a year. The next two years he returned to play in the minor leagues, then returned to Canada to finish his career.