Posey, Cum

Cumberland Willis Posey, Jr.
Born: June 20, 1890, Homestead, Pennsylvania
Died: March 28, 1946, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Negro Leagues Committee: 2006

First as a player and then later as manager and team owner, Cumberland Cum Posey was for 35 years the driving force behind the Homestead Grays, one of the most successful teams in Negro league history. His business acumen and organizational skills made the Grays a perennial powerhouse and money-making machine. He also had a keen eye for picking and developing talent, with more than 10 Negro league Hall of Famers playing for Posey's Homestead squad. During his tenure at the helm, Homestead split its home games between Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C., regularly drawing 25,000 to 30,000 fans to contests at Forbes Field and Griffith Stadium. Posey's team won eight of nine Negro National League pennants from 1937 to 1945, including three world titles.

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