Cool Papa Bell

Birthdate 5/17/1903
Death Date 3/7/1991
Debut Year 1922
Year of Induction 1974
Teams Negro Leagues
Position Center Field

James “Cool Papa” Bell, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Monte Irvin, and Buck Leonard were the first 5 Negro Leaguers inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

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How did James Bell get his nickname? Here's his answer

How did James Bell get his nickname? Here's his answer

One of the fastest men to every play the game, James Bell also had one of the most memorable nicknames. How did the moniker “Cool Papa” originate? In this letter, Bell explains. “I got my name in 1922 when I started playing baseball at age 16. I was so cool in everything they ask m
Buck O'Neil lists Cool Papa on his All Time Negro League team

Buck O'Neil lists Cool Papa on his All Time Negro League team

Cool Papa played 29 summers and 21 winters of professional baseball, hitting over .300 nearly every season and topping the .400 mark as well. Though skilled at the plate and in the field, it was his speed and daring on the base paths that set him apart. Legendary pitcher

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