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Bee-Bop Gordon

“In 1954, I pitched against Satchel Paige at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, and won 2-1."
--Bee Bop Gordon, on his greatest thrill


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Negro Leaguer of the Month

July, 2009

Harold "Bee-Bop" Gordon
Born: March 12, 1925
Ht: 5'-9”, Wt: 160
Position: pitcher
Years played: 1948-1953
Teams: Cincinnati Crescents, San Francisco Sea Lions, Chicago American Giants, Paris Lakers

Gordon, nicknamed "Bee Bop" because of a pair of cool glasses he once wore, was a fine pitcher in the waning days of the Negro Leagues.

After a season with the Cincinnati Crescents in 1948, a top black traveling team, Gordon played with the San Francisco Sea Lions where he was teammates with Toni Stone, a great female player.

Gordon had good speed for a man of small stature, and was famous for his "12 to 6 o'clock curveball." Gordon was a fine fielder, and a decent hitter, batting over .200 with good speed which led to several extra base hits.

In 1950, Gordon was signed by the Chicago American Giants, managed by Double Duty Radcliffe. The American Giants made history in '50 by signing several white players, including Louis Clarizio, a former Negro Leaguer of the Month.

In 1951, at age 23, Gordon was a fine prospect and he was signed by the Paris Lakers of the Class D MIssissippi-Ohio Valley League

Gordon went 15-6 with a 3.92 ERA in '51, 18-7 with a 3.14 ERA in '52, and 12-12 with a 4.19 ERA in '53. Besides his fine three year record of 45-25, Gordon was a good-hitting pitcher, batting .209 with a double and two triples among his 43 hits. Despite his fine record, Gordon was never promoted to higher levels and after a season back in the Negro Leagues with the Detroit Stars in '54, he was hired by the Ford Motor Company where he worked for 35-1/2 years, retiring in 1991.

Gordon now spends his free time playing pool, speaking to school children about the Negro Leagues, and traveling.

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