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us: Day, Leon

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        (edtf) 1916-10-30
    • Death Date

        (edtf) 1995-03-13
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        • Organization: Negro National League (Baseball)
        • Organization: International League (Baseball)
        • Organization: Western International League (Baseball)
        • Organization: United States. marine Corps. 818th Amphibian Battalion
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    • found: Riley, J.A. Dandy, Day, and the Devil, c1987: t.p. (Day) p. iii (Leon Day)
    • found: African American National Biography, accessed December 12 2014, via Oxford African American Studies Center database: (Day, Leon; baseball player; born 30 October 1916 in Alexandria, Virginia, United States; his baseball career began in 1934 with the local semipro Silver Moons, Brooklyn Eagles of the Negro National League; in 1942 he established a league record with 18 strikeouts in a game against the Baltimore Elite Giants; from 1936 to 1943 he was the undisputed staff ace; in 1942 the Pittsburgh Courier named him Best Pitcher in the Negro Leagues; n 1944 and 1945 Day fulfilled his military commitment as a corporal in the 818th Amphibian Battalion that landed in Normandy on Utah Beach during the Allied invasion on D-day; in 1951, at the age of thirty-four, four years after Jackie Robinson integrated the formerly segregated world of organized baseball, he joined the Toronto Maple Leafs (AAA) of the International League; he finished his brilliant career with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Western International League (1953) and the Brandon Greys of the Man-Dak League (1954); on 31 January 1992 he was honored by Baltimore mayor Kurt L. Schmoke with a proclamation by the city for Leon Day Day; he was also honored for his contributions to baseball by President George H. W. Bush in the White House on 19 February 1992 and by Maryland governor William Donald Schaefer on 18 May 1992; in 1993 he was elected to the Puerto Rican Hall of Fame. his final tribute came on 7 March 1995, when he received news of his election to the National Baseball Hall of Fame; died 13 March 1995 in Baltimore, Maryland, United States)
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