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Rogan at the 1924 Negro League World Series.

Charles Wilber Rogan

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 7", Weight 160 lb.

Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1998

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Bullet Rogan played for the Negro League Kansas City Monarchs from 1920 to 1938. He was one of the winningest pitchers in Negro Leagues history, as well as a top hitter, frequently playing an outfield position when not pitching.

Rogan started as a catcher with an amateur team in Kansas City, Kansas, and then enlisted in the United States Army about 1914, and was recruited about 1915 to play for the all-black Twenty-Fifth Infantry Wreckers club at Schofield Barracks until 1918, pitching and playing all positions. While on leave in March and April 1917, Rogan pitched a game for the Los Angeles White Sox, an all-black team in the California Winter League, and then pitched some games for the All-Nations Team in his hometown. The Twenty-Fifth Infantry transferred to Ft. Stephen Little near Nogales, Arizona in 1919, and Rogan got his discharge in June 1920, at which time he joined the Monarchs. In his professional career he played every position except catcher, mainly concentrating on his pitching. Following the death of José Méndez, Rogan became the Monarchs' manager in the late 1920s, retiring from that position in the late thirties. Well into the late 1940s, he umpired in the Negro American League, primarily at Monarchs home games.

Rogan is thought to have been one of the first pitchers to work from a no-windup position.

Rogan also was a long-time California Winter League star. His 52 complete games is the CWL record and he ranks second in innings pitched and strikeouts (516 and 351 respectively, trailing only Satchel Paige in both categories). He is 5th with 5 shutouts and third with 42 wins (behind Paige and Chet Brewer).

Satchel Paige said this about Rogan in the book Blackball Stars: "Joe Rogan was one of the world's greatest pitchers. ...He was a chunky little guy, but he could throw hard. He could throw hard as Smokey Joe Williams-yeah."

[edit] Negro Leagues Career Statistics

[edit] Batting

Year Team League G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB BA SLG
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1920 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 37 145 12 43 5 8 0 6 8 8 .297 .441
1921 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 66 199 25 57 9 7 4 13 19 23 .286 .462
1922 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 62 200 40 78 10 6 13 33 15 30 .390 .695
1923 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 68 209 39 76 12 3 7 45 5 20 .364 .550
1924 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 60 195 36 77 11 6 5 51 8 16 .395 .590
1925 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 56 139 20 53 7 8 2 11 5 15 .381 .590
1926 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 57 147 26 45 8 3 1 8 2 24 .306 .422
1927 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 56 116 18 38 3 3 2 9 1 21 .328 .457
1928 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 64 201 40 70 14 5 3 22 5 18 .348 .512
1929 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 71 256 64 92 15 9 7 33 26 40 .359 .570
1930 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 29 107 26 32 6 0 0 5 5 17 .299 .355
1931
1932
(did not participate in league play)
1933 Kansas City Monarchs independent 7 19 5 6 0 0 1 5 2 3 .316 .474
1934 Kansas City Monarchs independent 7 27 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 .074 .111
1935 Kansas City Monarchs independent 2 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .167
1936 Kansas City Monarchs independent 2 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 .500 .500
1937 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 16 30 4 8 2 1 0 6 2 4 .267 .400
1938 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 12 24 5 5 1 0 0 2 1 2 .208 .250
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Totals 17 seasons 672 2022 363 684 104 59 45 251 104 243 .338 .515
per 162 g 4.15 162 487 88 165 25 14 11 61 25 59
  • source: Shades of Glory, Hogan et al., ppg. 396-397

[edit] Pitching

Year Team League W L SV Pct G GS CG ShO IP H R ER BB SO ERA
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1920 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 5 3 0 .625 9 9 8 0 79.7 67 32 20 27 68 2.26
1921 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 12 8 1 .600 22 20 20 3 181.0 150 68 45 57 102 2.24
1922 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 8 6 1 .571 19 14 13 1 131.33 117 61 29 27 80 1.99
1923 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 16 10 3 .615 33 23 19 4 239.7 209 110 78 74 146 2.93
1924 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 18 6 0 .750 27 25 21 1 204.0 181 94 61 66 115 2.69
1925 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 17 2 3 .895 24 18 17 5 171.3 137 44 44 25 102 2.31
1926 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 16 5 1 .762 24 14 13 0 158.0 145 64 56 41 77 3.19
1927 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 13 7 3 .650 27 14 13 3 144.7 134 49 37 29 102 2.30
1928 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 10 2 2 .833 17 10 8 0 114.3 122 47 38 14 54 2.99
1929 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 0 1 0 .000 2 1 0 0 9.3 10 3 3 0 3 2.89
1930 Kansas City Monarchs NNL 0 0 0 --- 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
1931
1932
(did not play)
1933 Kansas City Monarchs independent 0 0 0 --- 1 1 0 0 1.3 4 3 2 0 0 13.53
1934 Kansas City Monarchs independent 0 0 0 --- 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
1935 Kansas City Monarchs independent 1 0 0 1.000 1 0 0 0 3.00 5 3 0 0 1 0.00
1936 Kansas City Monarchs independent 0 0 0 --- 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0 ---
1937 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 0 0 0 --- 2 1 0 0 5.7 5 9 1 9 5 7.94
1938 Kansas City Monarchs NAL 0 0 0 --- 1 0 0 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
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Totals 17 seasons 116 50 14 .699 209 150 132 17 1444.3 1286 587 418 361 855 2.60
seasonal notation 25 11 3 45 32 28 4 311.7 277 127 90 78 184
  • source: Shades of Glory, Hogan et al., ppg. 409-409

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