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Starkville in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

"Cool Papa" Bell

 
 
"Cool Papa" Bell Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2019
1. "Cool Papa" Bell Marker
Inscription.  James "Cool Papa" Bell (1901-1991) was born in Starkville. Renowned as the fastest man to ever play baseball. During his career (1922-1950), Bell played for or managed teams primarily in the Negro Leagues. In his career, Bell never hit below .300. In 1974, he was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
 
Erected 1999 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. 33° 26.681′ N, 88° 49.96′ W. Marker is in Starkville, Mississippi, in Oktibbeha County. Marker can be reached from Lynn Lane. Located in McKee Park by ballfields. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 Lynn Lane, Starkville MS 39759, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. W.H. "Corn Club" Smith (approx. 0.8 miles away); Grierson's Raid (approx. 0.9 miles away); Louisville Street Cemetery (approx. 1.2 miles away); Greensboro Street Historic District (approx. 1.4
"Cool Papa" Bell Marker at the McKee Park baseball fields. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2019
2. "Cool Papa" Bell Marker at the McKee Park baseball fields.
miles away); Hic A Sha Ba Ha Spring (approx. 1 miles away); Overstreet School District (approx. 1 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Odd Fellows Cemetery (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Starkville.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers about Cool Papa Bell
 
Also see . . .  Wikipedia article on James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell (w/ photo). (Submitted on October 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansSports
 
View from marker towards Lynn Lane. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 5, 2019
3. View from marker towards Lynn Lane.
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 49 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 9, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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