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University City in St. Louis County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

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.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the St. Louis Walk of Fame marker series.
 
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, 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); David Sanborn (a few steps from this marker); Mary Wickes (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in University City.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 30, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2018, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 47 times since then and 16 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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