Black Baseball in Chicago|
by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller and Dick Clark
Arcadia Publishing, 2000 | Buy the book
LOU DIALS | A member of both World Champion Chicago American Giants teams, 1926 and 1927, Lou Dials was a consistent .300 plus hitter and fine outfielder. Although he played for many teams during his Negro League career, Dials is most readily remembered and gained his greatest fame as a member of the Chicago-based team. He was with the American Giants from 1925 through 1928 and returned for two more seasons, 1936-1937. Dials and legendary Negro League pitcher Chad Brewer almost became historical figures as the men who broke the color barrier of organized baseball. The two were nearly signed in 1943 by the manager of the Los Angeles Angels, a minor league team in the Pacific Coast League. Chicagoan Philip Wrigley, who owned the team, refused to sign them. The American Giants in 1937 were the last Negro League team Dials played on. He moved on to the Mexican League from 1939 through 1841, and later on to play semi-pro ball.
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From Black Baseball in Chicago by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller, and Dick Clark.
Copyright © 2000 by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller, and Dick Clark. Excerpted with permission.