Goose Curry

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Homer Curry

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 10", Weight 175 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Goose Curry was a .300 hitter several times in the Negro Leagues; he also managed and scouted.

Curry debuted with the 1928 Cleveland Tigers, hitting .339 as a regular outfielder. Moving to the Memphis Red Sox, he was converted to the mound, which proved to be a bad move. He went 0-6 in 1929 and either 4-3 or 5-3 in 1930. He was a two-way player in 1931, going 2-2 and hitting .314. He was fourth in the Negro Southern League in average and led with three triples. He had a 5-5 record and hit .250 in 1932, his last year pitching. He also spent part of '32 with the Monroe Monarchs.

Goose was a bit player for the Nashville Elite Giants in 1933 and 1934 and for the Columbus Elite Giants in 1935. He hit .320 for the Washington Elite Giants in 1936. He led outfielders in voting for the 1936 East-West Game (7,220 votes, 372 ahead of runner-up Cool Papa Bell) but never appeared as a player in an East-West Game.

Curry became a player-manager for Memphis in 1937 and hit only .214 in that role. He split 1938 between Baltimore and the New York Black Yankees. He hit .352 for New York in 1939, just missing the top five in the Negro National League. He coached for the East in both East-West Games in 1939. He split 1940 between New York and Baltimore. In the 1940-1941 California Winter League, he hit .379.

The Texan flyhawk hit .303 for Baltimore in 1941. He next moved on to the Philadelphia Stars. His .379 average in 1942 was second in the NNL behind Larry Doby, ahead of Willie Wells and Josh Gibson at #3 and #4. He again struggled at the plate as a player-manager when he took the reigns in 1943, hitting .233. He batted .289 while remaining player-manager in 1944.

In 1945, Curry batted .395, fourth-best in the NNL behind Ed Stone, Frank Austin and Wild Bill Wright, in his last season as a full-time player-manager. He began 1946 as a player-manager for the Stars but lost his managerial role during the campaign. Early in the year, he got in trouble for kicking an umpire over a close call at home when Doby was ruled sufe.

Curry scouted Harry Simpson. He also once reputedly struck out while swinging at a pick-off move by Luis Tiant Sr.


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