From BR Bullpen
Joseph Leander Tugerson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 165 lb.
Leander Tugerson signed with the Indianapolis Clowns in 1950 and spent three years with them. He pitched in the 1951 East-West Game, starting for the East and throwing three shutout innings (two hits, one whiff) in a 3-1 win. In 1953, he and brother Jim Tugerson signed with the Hot Springs Bathers. The Cotton States League tried to evict the Bathers from the league for signing black players. The Bathers then optioned the two hurlers to the Knoxville Smokies; Leander struggled at 3-5, 5.55, whereas his brother won 29 games.
Sources include 1954 Baseball Guide, Black Baseball's National Showcase by Larry Lester, The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues by James Riley