Jud Wilson

Ernest Judson Wilson
Inducted to the Hall of Fame in: 2006
Primary team: Philadelphia Stars
Primary position: 3rd Baseman

Ernest Judson Wilson was known throughout the Negro Leagues as “Boojum” because of the sound of his hits bouncing off outfield walls. One article stated that he was “probably the hardest hitter Negro baseball has seen.”

Over a Negro Leagues career that lasted 24 seasons, Wilson hit .400 four times and was one of the most respected players in the game.

According to outfielder Ted Page, “Wilson was strong enough to go bear-huntin’ with a switch.” None other than the great Satchel Paige considered Wilson to be among the best hitters he ever faced,

Fearless and aggressive, Wilson terrorized pitchers with his hitting and umpires with his reputation for arguing almost every call. He was wide-shouldered and short-legged, standing only 5-foot- 8 and weighing 195 pounds. Batting left-handed, he played in both the Negro Leagues and the Cuban Winter League following a stint with the U.S. Army during World War I.

From the early 1920s through the end of World War II, Wilson starred for some of the greatest teams in all of black baseball, including the Baltimore Black Sox, Homestead Grays, Pittsburgh Crawfords and Philadelphia Stars. He regularly topped the .300 mark in batting average.

At third base, Wilson often used his chest to stop hard-hit balls. In the batter's box, he would crowd the plate – ensuring that he was hit by pitches on a regular basis. However, he was known for playing through the many injuries and for a fierce competitive drive that he used to incite teammates to work harder.

Wilson passed away on June 24, 1963 and is buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006.

"Boojum was a better hitter than Josh [Gibson]. He didn’t hit as many home runs, but he hit so many doubles and singles. "
Double Duty Radcliffe

Career stats

ESSENTIAL STATS
Year Inducted: 2006
Primary Team: Philadelphia Stars
Position Played: 3rd Baseman
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Birth place: Remington, Virginia
Birth year: 1896
Died: 1963, Washington, District of Columbia
Played for:
Baltimore Black Sox (1922-1930)
Philadelphia Tigers (1928)
Homestead Grays (1931-1932)
Pittsburgh Crawfords (1932)
Philadelphia Stars (1933-1939)
New York Cubans (1936)
Pittsburgh Crawfords (1936)
Homestead Grays (1940-1945)
CAREER AT A GLANCE
GamesG
At BatsAB
3453
RunsR
698
HitsH
1176
Doubles2B
190
Triples3B
42
Home RunsHR
709
RBIRBI
404
Stolen BasesSB
92
WalksBB
293
Batting AverageBA
OPSOPS
On Base %OBP
Slugging %SLG