Jud Wilson

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

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

Ill-tempered and fearless, Wilson terrorized pitchers with his hitting and umpires with his nasty reputation for arguing almost every call. He was wide-shouldered and short-legged, standing only 5’8” tall, weighing 195 lbs., and batting left-handed, he played in both the American 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 batted over three hundred and is considered to be among the top-five hitters for average in the Negro leagues. His career batting average is believed to be above .350 in the Negro leagues and above .370 in the winter leagues.

Wilson had limited defensive skills at third base, often using his chest to stop hard-hit balls, and at-bat, he would crowd the play, thereby ensuring that he was often playing hurt. 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, and to drive opponents to distraction.

His numerous altercations with umpires and opponents ensured his reputation would precede him at every stop. There were no pitchers who wanted to face him and few umpires that wanted to call ball and strikes for him. Having played against all the great black pitchers, and many of the white stars in exhibition games, Wilson made it perfectly clear, he just did not like pitchers, regardless of their color.

He remained in the Washington, DC area after his playing days and died in June of 1963. Wilson is buried at the Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

"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

Year Inducted: 2006
Primary Team: Philadelphia Stars
Position Played: 3rd Baseman
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Birth place: Remington, Virginia
Birth year: 1896
Died: 1963, Washington, District of Columbia
Played for:
Baltimore Black Sox (1922-1930)
Homestead Grays (1931-1932)
Pittsburgh Crawfords (1932)
Philadelphia Stars (1933-1939)
New York Cubans (1936)
Pittsburgh Crawfords (1936)
Homestead Grays (1940-1945)
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Home RunsHR
Stolen BasesSB
Batting AverageBA
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