Turkey Stearnes

Turkey Stearnes
Birthdate 5/8/1901
Death Date 9/4/1979
Debut Year 1923
Year of Induction 2000
Teams Negro Leagues
Position Center Field

One of 9 Negro Leaguers to hit at least 100 homers, Turkey Stearnes is considered by many as one of the greatest all-around players in the history of the game.

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Negro Leaguer Turkey Stearnes was a 5-tool player

Negro Leaguer Turkey Stearnes was a 5-tool player

Norman “Turkey” Stearnes is credited with 186 home runs during Negro League play, among the most in the league’s history. A .349 lifetime hitter, Stearnes led the league in homers in seven seasons. He earned two National Negro League batting titles as a member of the Detroit Stars
In the offseason Stearnes played against MLB stars to augment his income

In the offseason Stearnes 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

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