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James Thomas Bell (Cool Papa)

Bats: Both, Throws: Left
Height: 6' 0", Weight: 155 lb.

Born: May 17, 1903 in Starkville, Mississippi, US
Died: March 7, 1991 in St. Louis, Missouri, US
High School: St. Louis HS (St. Louis, MO)
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by Negro League Committee as Player in 1974.
   View Cool Papa Bell Page at the Baseball Hall of Fame (plaque, photos, videos).

Minor League Stats

Negro Leagues Batting

192219St. LouisNNLNgM3131510301100.323.323.516.839160
192320St. LouisNNLNgM12110824265121717.241.287.361.648396
192421St. LouisNNLNgM2322094260112032719.287.346.359.705754
192522St. LouisNNLNgM33130455941925121324.309.360.434.7941323
192623St. LouisNNLNgM2692385980144716425.336.399.517.9161236
192724St. LouisNNLNgM275270508412236100.311.311.404.7151095
192825St. LouisNNLNgM387353831132174131628.320.370.453.8231606
19292626.02 Teams1 LgNgM3112796079135132129.283.351.376.7271053
192926Chicago,St. LouisNNLNgM3112796079135132129.283.351.376.7271053
193027St. LouisNNLNgM194179466282411515.346.397.480.877860
193128St. LouisNNLNgM303055000040.
19322929.03 Teams2 LgsNon-NgM17215337579603718.373.439.510.948781
193229Kansas CityINDPNon17215337579603718.373.439.510.948781
21 Seasons3672337871710661525133211132253.316.363.420.783141941
Non (1 season)Non17215337579603718.373.439.510.948781
NgM (21 seasons)NgM3672337871710661525133211132253.316.363.420.783141941

Negro Leagues Pitching

192219St. LouisNNLNgM54.5565.7986074.273482738201.3398.
192320St. LouisNNLNgM117.6115.861490153.21801003466741.39310.
192421St. LouisNNLNgM21.6676.8233034.134261312001.3698.
192926St. LouisNNLNgM000.000001.01000001.0009.00.00.0
5 Seasons1812.6005.9325180265.228917574116941.3669.

Sabr ID: 59f9fc99

About the Negro League Data

Details about our NLB Data


This data comes from two sources. 1) The Negro Leagues Researchers and Authors Group put together by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum thanks to a grant provided by Major League Baseball. 2) Gary Ashwill and his collaborators.

The Hall of Fame data is found for the years 1920-1948 and the Ashwill data is found from 1904-1919. Many statistics are incomplete due to ongoing research and/or limitations in published sources, so please be assured that we are aware there are issues with the data and will continue to work with our data providers to improve the data that appears here.

The Hall of Fame dataset

This data is constructed from the best available information as provided by Larry Lester, Wayne Stivers and Dick Clark of the Negro Leagues Researchers and Authors Group. It contains data culled from newspaper boxscores, covering league sanctioned games from 1920 to 1948, which was produced for a study sponsored by Major League Baseball and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. It reflects totals as compiled by the NLRAG up to 2006. As new credible information is continually unearthed, these numbers will continue to change.

Baseball-Reference and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum would like to acknowledge Major League Baseball for funding this study, along with the Negro Leagues Researchers and Authors Group for their extensive efforts to collect the raw data and construct the most comprehensive database of Negro Leagues Baseball statistics.  Under the direction of Larry Lester, Wayne Stivers and Dick Clark, this database is the largest dataset ever made publically available and we wish to express our gratitude for all their efforts to help rebuild this lost statistical history.

The Ashwill Negro Leagues Database

Playing statistics and biographical data on the Negro leagues (all pre-1920) and early Latin American professional baseball is licensed from and provided by the Negro Leagues Database, a project organized by Gary Ashwill with the participation of many historians of Negro league and Latin American baseball.

The database is a work in progress, and will include more seasons as development continues. It appears in its original form at

Playing statistics and biographical data for this portion of our dataset (The Negro Leagues Database) are all copyright 2013 by Gary Ashwill. All rights reserved.


Note that our records are missing thousands of players who played in the Negro Leagues for minor league teams, independent teams, barnstorming teams or even Negro major league teams. We will bring their records to light as soon as suitable records are available for those players.

Details about our NLB Data