This Date in Baseball History – May 12th

On May 12th, 1955, at Wrigley Field, Toothpick Sam Jones achieved baseball immortality, becoming the first African-American to throw a no-hitter.

Jones was part of a few other pieces of history, as well. While with the Cleveland Indians, he formed the first all-African-American battery in American League history on April 3rd, 1959, along with catcher Quincy Trouppe. Jones was traded to Chicago by the Indians for two players to be named later – one of whom was Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner, who would play the final season of his career with the Indians before retiring at 32.

Mick Gillispie had more on the story in the sixth inning of Tennessee’s 8-6 loss to the Jackson Generals on Monday.

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The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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