Jack Marshall

“Josh Gibson is said to be the only person to hit [a homer] completely out of [Yankee] Stadium. Jack Marshall of the Chicago American Giants claimed he saw Gibson do it in 1934 against the Philadelphia Stars.”

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Negro Leaguer of the Month

May, 2012
Jack Marshall
Position: second base, third base, shortstop
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5’- 11“, Weight: 185 lbs
Born: August 8, 1908 in Montgomery, Alabama
Died: August 31, 1990 in Chicago
Career: 1926-1944
Teams: Dayton Marcos, Michigan City Wonders, Gilkerson's Union Giants, Chicago American Giants, Texas Giants, Elgin (Illinois) Semipros, Cole's American Giants, Philadelphia Stars, Kansas City Monarchs, Palmer House All-Stars, Satchel Paige's All-Stars, Indianapolis Clowns

Marshall was one of the slickest second baseman of the 1930s and 40s, and was a contact hitter and great bunter.

Though Marshall is most associated with the Chicago American Giants, he played with about a dozen teams, including a white semipro team in Elgin, Illinois, and a team sponsored by the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago at which Marshall also waited tables.

After starting his career with the Dayton Marcos, Marshall played a year with the Gilkerson's Union Giants, then a few years with the Texas Giants, a team that combined baseball with a band to entertain crowds all over the Canada.

In the mid 30s, Marshall played for several teams in Chicago—the American Giants and Cole's American Giants—and for a while teamed with Willie Wells to form one of the best double-play combinations in baseball.

In 1933, Marshall was chosen to play in the first Negro League All-Star game, but didn't play as the West squad did not use a single substitute in the game.

In 1936, Marshall was chosen by Candy Jim Taylor for a Negro League All-Star team that entered, and won, the '36 Denver Post Tournament. Other players included Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell, Satchel Paige and Buck Leonard.

During his prime, Marshall batted around .290 with occasional power, but his forte' was fielding, and he was considered to be almost as good, defensively, as Newt Allen, the best in the business.

In the early 40s, Marshall played for the Satchel Paige All-Stars, really the Kansas City Monarchs' B team headlined by Paige, who at that point was healing from a major arm injury.

Marshall ended his professional career with the 1944 Indianapolis Clowns who boasted a powerful lineup led by Alec Radcliffe, Buster Haywood and Pepper Bassett.

After retiring from baseball, Marshall opened a chain of bowling alleys in Chicago and was a fine bowler himself.

Marshall stayed in contact with several Negro Leaguers who retired in Chicago, including Double Duty Radcliffe, Lester Lockett, Bobby Robinson and Jimmie Crutchfield.

Marshall has been widely quoted as claiming to have seen Josh Gibson hit a homer completely out of Yankee Stadium, which, if true, would make him the only player in history to do so.