Donald Reeves

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Donald Reeves (Soup, Andy Gump)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.

Outfielder Donald Reeves only played for five years in the Negro Leagues but was a top star in two of them.

Reeves had played basketball, football and baseball in college, doing very well in all three. He joined the Atlanta Black Crackers in 1937. In 1938, he hit .377, second in the Negro American League behind Pep Young. Reeves batted .242 for the Indianapolis ABCs in 1939.

"Soup" hit 7 homers and four doubles in 38 at-bats for the Chicago American Giants in 1940 (the NAL had a short schedule). He led the NAL in homers and tied Newt Allen for second in doubles, one behind leader Buck O'Neil. That kind of performance earned him 69,968 votes for the 1940 East-West Game, third-most of all players behind Hilton Smith and Buck Leonard. Hitting 5th and playing left field for the West, he went 0 for 4 in a 11-0 loss. Reeves ended his career by hitting .250 in 1941. He later taught in the Atlanta, GA school system.

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