Oscar Charleston

Oscar Charleston
Birthdate 10/14/1896
Death Date 10/5/1954
Debut Year 1915
Year of Induction 1976
Teams Negro Leagues
Positions Center Field, Manager

Oscar Charleston was player-manager of the 1932 Pittsburgh Crawfords, a team that included Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, and Judy Johnson.

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Buck O'Neil lists Oscar Charleston on his All Time Negro League team

Buck O'Neil lists Oscar Charleston on his All Time Negro League team

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 Stars. A quick glance down the list finds it peppered with other Hall of Fame players.
Negro Leaguer Oscar Charleston was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976

Negro Leaguer Oscar Charleston was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1976

Born in 1896, Oscar Charleston joined the US Army at age 15 and served in the Philippines. Immediately after returning to the USA in 1915, Charleston began his Negro League career. Along the way he would become one of the greatest hitters and center fielders the game has ever known. Bill James

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