Happy Birthday Cool Papa Bell

“Let me tell you about Cool Papa Bell. One time he hit a line drive right past my ear. I turned around and saw the ball hit his rear end as he slid into second. “ 

Satchel Paige

Born on May 17 1903 in Starkville, Mississippi. James Thomas Bell was a Negro league outfielder from 1922 to 1946. He is considered to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game. He was a two time Negro World Series champ (1943, 1944), made eight All-Star games (1933–1936, 1942 (2)-1944) and finished with a lifetime batting average of .337.

He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.