Black Baseball in Chicago|
by Larry Lester, Sammy J. Miller and Dick Clark
Arcadia Publishing, 2000 | Buy the book
"COOL PAPA" BELL | Shown in a 1942 Chicago American Giants uniform is Hall of Fame member James "Cool Papa" Bell. It was a former American Giant, Big Bill Gatewood, who gave him the famous flyer his nickname. While Gatewood was managing the St. Louis Stars, the rookie, Bell, who was a pitcher then, calmly struck out Oscar Charleston. Gatewood, stories say, commented that Bell was "one cool papa." This was Bell's only year with Chicago.
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.