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Cool Papa Bell

Born May 17, 1903

 
 
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By Devry Jones, October 7, 2018
1. Cool Papa Bell Marker
Inscription.  Major League Baseball was closed to Blacks until 1947, relegating some of the game's best players to the Negro Leagues. One of them was James Thomas Bell, who joined the St. Louis Stars in 1922. Nicknamed Cool Papa for his composure, Bell played and coached professional baseball for 29 years, known as the fastest player ever, Cool Papa often stole two bases on one pitch or scored from second on a sacrifice fly. Satchel Paige said Bell could turn off the light and "be in bed before the room was dark." He batted .400 several times and stole 175 bases in one year. Cool Papa Bell was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
 
Erected 1991 by St. Louis Walk of Fame.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansSports. In addition, it is included in the Missouri, St. Louis Walk of Fame series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1947.
 
Location. 38° 39.347′ N, 90° 18.127′ W. Marker is in University City, Missouri, in St. Louis County. Marker is on Delmar Boulevard west of Limit Avenue,
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on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6265 Delmar Boulevard, Saint Louis MO 63130, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gerald Early (here, next to this marker); From Humble Beginnings, a World Class Street Is Born! (a few steps from this marker); William "Bill" Clay (a few steps from this marker); Sally Benson (a few steps from this marker); Ridley Pearson (a few steps from this marker); Robert McFerrin, Sr. (a few steps from this marker); Visit The Loop! (a few steps from this marker); David Sanborn (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University City.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers about Cool Papa Bell
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2019. It was originally submitted on October 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 94 times since then and 8 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on October 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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