Grant, Frank

Ulysses F. Grant
Born: August 1, 1865, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Died: May 27, 1937, New York, New York
Played For: 
Meriden (Connecticut), Buffalo Bisons, Harrisburg Ponies, Cuban X-Giants Genuine Cuban Giants, Philadelphia Giants
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 2006

Often regarded as the greatest black ballplayer of the 19th century, Frank Grant starred for six years in integrated Minor Leagues before racism relegated him to touring black teams for the rest of his 20-year career. Grant played all positions but excelled at second base, where his speed, range and acrobatic plays impressed all observers. Despite standing only 5-foot-7, Grant was a solid hitter with good power, batting over .300 every year in the Minors, including three seasons with Buffalo of the International League. He anchored the all-black Cuban Giants of the 1890s before finishing his career in 1903.

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