Biz Mackey

Biz Mackey
Birthdate 7/27/1897
Death Date 9/22/1965
Debut Year 1920
Year of Induction 2006
Teams Negro Leagues
Positions Catcher, Manager

In a 1954 poll done by the Pittsburgh Courier newspaper, Biz Mackey was chosen over Josh Gibson as the best catcher in Negro League history.

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Biz Mackey is one of the greatest catchers in baseball history

Biz Mackey is one of the greatest catchers in baseball history

Biz Mackey is in the conversation for greatest catcher of all time. In fact, a 1954 Pittsburgh Courier poll gave Mackey the edge over legendary Josh Gibson in voting for the greatest Negro League catcher. Fellow Hall of Famer and Negro Leaguer Cool Papa Bell had this to say about Mackey, “Actually
In the offseason Mackey played against MLB stars to augment his income

In the offseason Mackey played against MLB stars to augment his income

Despite the color barrier, Negro Leaguers often faced off against their MLB counterparts. These contests took place in the off-season and helped augment the income of the players involved. Shown here is a lineup of Negro League stars called the Philadelphia Royal Giants. They squared off against Di
Negro Leaguer Mackey was elected to the Hall in 2006

Negro Leaguer Mackey was elected to the Hall in 2006

In 2005, the Hall of Fame put together a special screening committee to find people associated with the Negro Leagues who were most deserving of induction. An original list of 94 nominees was cut to 29 candidates and finally 17 new members of the Hall of Fame to be inducted in 2006. The cover of the

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Jackie Robinson inspired future MLB player Ed Charles

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Jackie Robinson once said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” By that measurement, Robinson’s life may be the most important the game of baseball has ever known. Though it’s easy to see the cultural impact of Robinson breaking baseball’s color barrier, the individual stories sometimes get lost in the bigger picture. For former Major Leaguer Ed Charles, Robinson emergence was a turning point, not only for the United States, but perhaps more importantly, for an entire segment of its population. “The emergence of Mr. Jackie Robinson as the first black to play modern day organized baseball had a monumental impact upon my life, and I’m sure, the lives of other Americans as well,” Charles wrote in a letter 1984. An eight-year big league veteran, Charles was aware of Robinson at an early age. Charles believed that Robinson’s impact was felt by the nation and its individuals. “Jackie represented to me, given the social climate of the nation at that time, hope, courage, and a new faith in a system that had been grossly neglectful of providing equal participation for its minority citizens,” Charles wrote. “His presence stirred me, as well as others, to redirect our goals […]

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One response to “Biz Mackey”

  1. Scott Perry says:

    It’s cool to learn that Biz was such a good mentor and coach to other Negro League stars, and that he was rightly recognized with an induction to Cooperstown. It’s also interesting to learn that Biz Mackey’s signature is one of the hardest to obtain among any Baseball hall of famer…

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