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Fred Bell (Lefty)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left

Fred Bell began his baseball career in the south then moved to the Toledo Tigers in 1923. Going 0-1 and walking 9 batters in 7 innings, he had a 6.43 ERA before Toledo before joining Cool Papa on the St. Louis Stars staff. With half-brother Cool Papa Bell serving as the ace, Lefty was a decent #2 man, going 4-4 with a 4.38 ERA. The fastballer went 4-1 in 1924 with the Harrisburg Giants. He also lost one game with the Washington Potomacs that season, then in 1925 joined his fifth team in three years when he appeared with the Detroit Stars. He was 7-8 for the 1925 Detroit club, 7-6 in 1926 and 1-0 in 1927. Bell finished his career with the 1929 Memphis Red Sox. Overall he was 24-20 in the Negro National League and Eastern Colored League. He also played the outfield at times, hitting .299 in 1926, but never stopped pitching and never became a regular in the field.


Sources: The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley, The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues by John Holway

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