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Encyclopedia > Frank Grant

Frank Grant (1868-1937) was an African American Negro League baseball player and International League baseball player in the 19th century. He is widely considered the greatest 19th century Negro Leaguer ever and is currently being considered for the Baseball Hall of Fame. African Americans, also known as Afro-Americans or black Americans, are an ethnic group in the United States of America whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Sub-Saharan and West Africa. ... Part of the History of baseball series. ... Picture of Fenway Park. ... The International League (IL) is a minor league baseball league which operates in the eastern United States and Canada. ... Alternative meaning: Nineteenth Century (periodical) (18th century — 19th century — 20th century — more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 19th century was that century which lasted from 1801-1900 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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...


Besides Grant, in those days, few black hitters matched up with him. However, two pitchers could be argued for as the greatest players of their era; Newark's George Stovey and Syracuse's Robert Higgins. A baseball pitcher delivers the ball to home plate In baseball, the pitcher is the player who throws the baseball from the pitchers mound toward the catcher to begin each play, with the goal of retiring a batter who attempts to either make contact with it or draw a...


A middle infielder, but mostly a second baseman, Grant's fielding was widely praised as the best in the league. When he joined Buffalo of the IL in the 1880s, some believed he was the best player they have ever had, even though future Baseball Hall of Fameers had played before him there. The position of the second baseman A second baseman often ranges onto the outfield grass to field a ground ball A second baseman is the baseball player guarding second base. ... 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...


Grant had substantial power at the plate, often hitting home runs and very often getting extra base hits. Grant hit for extra bases every four times he got a hit. Surprisingly, he was quite small (5'7", 155 pounds). He also hit .344 with Buffalo. For other uses of the phrase see Home run (disambiguation) In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run for each runner who was already on... In baseball, an extra base hit (EB, EBH or XBH) is a statistic credited to a batter for hitting a double, triple, or home run. ... In baseball statistics, a hit (denoted by H), sometimes called a base hit, is credited to a batter when the batter safely reaches first base after hitting the ball into fair territory, without the benefit of an error or a fielders choice. ... Pound may refer to Look up pound on Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Batting average is a statistic in both baseball and cricket measuring the performance of baseball hitters and cricket batsmen, respectively. ...


Grant is also notable for becoming the first black player to play on the same team in organized baseball for three consecutive seasons.


By 1888, anti-black sentiment was all around the league, and it seemed only Buffalo argued against segregation (possibly because of Grant). When blacks were banned from organized baseball, Grant went on to become a hugely successfull Negro Leaguer for the Cuban X Giants, Big Gorhams, and the Philadelphia Giants into the 20th century. Grant ended his career in 1903, ending the early era of the Negro Leagues. From here the league would blossom and grow, but it likely would never have without the early players such as Grant. 1888 is a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999 in the... 1903 (MCMIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ...


 
 

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