Mackey, Biz

James Raleigh Mackey
Born: July 27, 1897, Eagle Pass, Texas
Died: September 22, 1965, Los Angeles, California
Played For: 
Hilldale Giants, Philadelphia Stars, Newark Eagles, Indianapolis ABCs, Baltimore/Washington Elite Giants, Baltimore Black Sox, Homestead Grays
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 2006

Biz Mackey was the master of defense of all catchers. So said Hall of Fame catcher Roy Campanella of the man who mentored him during his teenage years on the Baltimore Elite Giants. In a 1954 poll conducted by the Pittsburgh Courier, Mackey was voted the top Negro league catcher, ahead of Josh Gibson. Mackey's career stretched from 1918-47, nearly half that time as a player-manager. His glory years were in Philadelphia, where he led the Hilldales to a Colored World Series championship in 1925 and also excelled for the Stars. A line-drive hitter and five-time All-Star, Mackey was always a team leader, whether behind the plate or as a manager with Baltimore and Newark.

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