Rogan, Bullet

Joe Rogan
Born: July 28, 1889, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Died: March 4, 1967, Kansas City, Missouri
Played For: 
Kansas City Colored Giants (1917), All Nations (1917), Kansas City Monarchs (1920-1938)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Veterans Committee: 1998

Bullet Joe Rogan didn't begin his Negro leagues career until age 30, joining the Kansas City Monarchs in 1920 after spending nearly a decade playing on U.S. Army teams. Though a small man, Rogan threw a devastating fastball. He complemented it with a dizzying array of other pitches, using a no-windup delivery to throw forkballs, palmballs, spitballs and curves. He played the outfield when he wasn't pitching, and in 1922 led the Negro National League with 16 home runs.

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Did You Know: 
that Joe Rogan was recommended to Kansas City Monarchs owner J.L. Wilkinson by Pirates outfielder and future Hall of Fame manager Casey Stengel, a native of Kansas City?