Day, Leon

Leon Day
Born: October 30, 1916, Alexandria, Virginia
Died: March 13, 1995, Baltimore, Maryland
Played For: 
Baltimore Black Sox (1934), Brooklyn Eagles (1935), Newark Eagles (1936-1939, 1941-1943, 1946), Baltimore Elite Giants (1949-1950)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1995

The Negro leagues' outstanding strikeout pitcher with a dominating fastball and wicked curve, quiet Leon Day was the mainstay of the Newark pitching staff in the late 1930s and '40s. Also a superb contact hitter and speedy baserunner, Day was versatile enough to play second base or the outfield when he wasn't pitching. He spent two years pitching on integrated Army teams during World War II, and in his first game back with the Eagles in 1946, he tossed a no-hitter against the Philadelphia Stars.

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Did You Know: 
that on July 23, 1942, Newark Eagles pitcher Leon Day struck out 18 Baltimore Elite Giants to set a Negro National League record?
I would say he was the most complete ballplayer I've ever seen. I've never seen a better athlete, never seen a better baseball player all-around.
Monte Irvin