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Encyclopedia > Bullet Rogan

Charles Wilber(n) "Bullet" Rogan, a.k.a. "Bullets" or "Bullet Joe" (July 28, 1893 - March 4, 1967), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, played baseball in the United States Army and the Negro Leagues from 1911 to 1938. He won more games than any other pitcher in Negro League history, and was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. July 28 is the 209th day (210th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 156 days remaining. ... 1893 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... March 4 is the 63rd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (64th in leap years). ... 1967 was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The State Capitol of Oklahoma Looking at Downtown Oklahoma City The Flag of Oklahoma City Oklahoma City is the capital and largest city of the state of Oklahoma in the United States of America. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... Part of the History of baseball series. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, United States, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests that serves as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in North America, the display of baseball-related...


Considered one of the greatest pitchers of his day, Rogan relied on a sharp curve that broke almost straight down, an excellent fastball, and a no-windup delivery. Early in his career he occasionally struggled with his control, but by the mid-1920s had improved greatly on this aspect of his game. Rogan was a workhorse, regularly leading the league in innings pitched and complete games. Curveball Pitch Curveball Pitch The curveball is a type of pitch in baseball thrown with a grip and hand motion that induces extra rotation on the ball causing it to break, to fly in a more exaggerated curve than would be expected. ... For the American band of the same name, see Fastball (band). ...


Renowned as a “two-way” player who could both hit and pitch successfully, he was also versatile in the field, able to play all nine positions. Rogan threw and batted right-handed, and while not extremely fast, ran the bases well and stole when necessary. He was relatively small (5 foot 7, 180 pounds) but solidly built and strong, with thin legs and a barrel-like chest. He used an unusually heavy bat, and hit for power as well as average. Later in his career he frequently served as his team’s manager.


Rogan first played professional baseball for the Palace Colts of Kansas City, Kansas, in 1911, starting as a catcher. In October 1911 he joined the Army, serving in African-American units stationed in the Philippines and Hawaii. He built a reputation as a pitcher for army baseball teams, especially the famous 25th Infantry Wreckers. On furlough in 1917, Rogan played professionally for the Kansas City Giants and J.L. Wilkinson's All-Nations Club, but returned to the army for three more years. In mid-season 1920, Wilkinson recruited Rogan and several teammates for his Kansas City Monarchs, a new team in the Negro National League. A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium in Saint Louis, Missouri. ... Kansas City is a city and county seat of Wyandotte County, Kansas; it is part of the Unified Government which also includes Bonner Springs and Edwardsville. ... A database query syntax error has occurred. ... A database query syntax error has occurred. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... 1920 is a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... The Kansas City Monarchs were the longest-running franchise in the history of baseballs Negro Leagues. ... The Negro National League was one of the several Negro Leagues which were established during the period in the United States in which organized baseball was segregated. ...


Rogan quickly became the premier pitcher and biggest box-office draw in the young league. He led the NNL in wins four consecutive years, from 1922 to 1925. When he wasn’t pitching, he frequently played in the outfield or at second base. In 1922 he hit .439 with 18 home runs, both good for second in the league. In 1923, he hit .364 with a league-leading 16 wins and 151 strikeouts to lead the Monarchs to their first pennant. The next season Rogan took the batting title with a .409 average while compiling a 17-5 record, and starred in the first Black World Series, hitting .375 and winning two games as the Monarchs defeated the Eastern Colored League champion Hilldales. The Negro League World Series took place at various times from the 1920s to the 1940s, matching the champions of various Negro Leagues. ... The Eastern Colored League was one of the several Negro Leagues which were created during the time organized baseball was segregated. ...


Rogan may have reached his peak in 1925, leading Kansas City to its third straight championship with a sparkling 22-2 record. He was again the strikeout king, and contributed a .374 average. In the playoffs against St. Louis he hit .455 and won four more games, tossing two shutouts and 24 consecutive scoreless innings. Unfortunately, before the World Series rematch with Hilldale, Rogan injured his knee playing with his young son. Without their star, the Monarchs went down to defeat in six games. The St. ...


In 1926 Rogan took over from José Méndez as manager of the Kansas City Monarchs. His players regarded him as a strict disciplinarian, possibly a result of his military background. In the playoffs against Chicago, he tried to pitch both ends of a series-deciding doubleheader, and dropped both games (and the pennant) to the younger Bill Foster. Still, in 1929 Rogan piloted the Monarchs to their fourth NNL championship and the best record (62-17) in Negro League history. William Hendrick Bill Foster (June 12, 1904 _ September 16, 1978) was an American left-handed pitcher in baseballs Negro Leagues in the 1920s and 1930s, and the half_brother of Negro league pioneer Rube Foster. ...


As late as 1928 at the age of 34, Bullet Rogan was the best hitter (.358) and arguably the best pitcher (10-2) on the Monarchs. That year he slammed three home runs in a game against the Detroit Stars. After 1928, he mostly played in the outfield, and continued to manage the club, off and on, until 1938. In 1936, at the age of 42, Rogan appeared in the East-West All-Star Game. The Detroit Stars were an American baseball team in the Negro Leagues. ...


Rogan led the 1924/25 Cuban League with a 9-4 record for the champion Almendares club. He spent five seasons in the integrated California Winter League between 1920 and 1930, going 42-14 as a pitcher and batting .362 with 15 home runs in 130 games against teams of white major and minor leaguers. Rogan’s team won the championship every year.


Although statistics are incomplete, Negro League historian John Holway puts Rogan’s career record in the Negro Leagues at 151 wins and 65 losses, with a .348 average and 62 home runs in 2039 at bats. Rogan’s 151 wins are first all-time among Negro League pitchers, his .699 winning percentage fifth, and his .348 average fourth among players with more than 2000 at bats. (It should be pointed out that Negro League schedules were at their longest in the 1920s, so Rogan enjoys a statistical advantage over later and earlier pitchers.) Also according to Holway, Rogan hit .370 against white major league competition.


Historian Phil Dixon puts Rogan’s lifetime totals against all competition, including semipro and Army teams, at more than 350 games won, 2000 strikeouts, 2500 hits, 350 home runs, and 500 stolen bases. A semi-professional athlete is one that is paid money to play and are thus not an amateur, but for whom sport is not a full-time occupation, generally because the level of pay is too low to make a reasonable living based solely upon that source, thusly making them...


After his retirement as a player, Rogan worked as an umpire in the Negro Leagues until 1946, then became a postal worker. The National Baseball Hall of Fame first admitted Negro League players in the 1970s, but did not honor Bullet Rogan until 1998, 31 years after his death.


References

Dixon, Phil S. (2002). The Monarchs 1920-1938. Sioux Falls: Mariah Press. ISBN 1-893250-08-3. Holway, John (2001). The Complete Book of Baseball's Negro Leagues. Fern Park: Hastings House. ISBN 0-8038-2007-0. McNeil, William F. (2002). The California Winter League. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-1301-8. Riley, James A. (2002). The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6. Rock, Patrick (2004). 1923 Negro National League Yearbook. Ohiopyle: Replay Publishing. No ISBN.


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