Hall of Fame voters recognized Oscar Charleston as one of the greatest to play the game. The legendary Buck O’Neil also lists Charleston as the centerfielder on his All Time Negro League All Star team.
According to Baseball Reference, Charleston’s career numbers include a .364 average, .449 on-base percentage and a .615 slugging mark. The record shows averages of .433, .405, and .427 in 1921, ’24, and ’25 respectively.
A quick glance at O’Neil’s list finds it peppered with other Hall of Fame players. O’Neil lists Satchel Paige has the best right-hander and Willie Foster as the best southpaw. Calling those pitches on O’Neil’s squad is the immortal Josh Gibson.
Second baseman Newt Allen is the only choice who remains outside of Cooperstown. O’Neil tabs Buck Leonard at first base, Willie Wells at shortstop, Ray Dandridge at third. Cool Papa Bell if in left while Willard Brown is in right.
One of the greatest players in any league.