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"Between 1947 and 1949, Saint-Jean welcomed a number of stars from elsewhere, including Jean-Pierr Roy, Myron Hayworth of the old St. Louis Browns, the Japanese-Canadian Kaz Suga, and such veterans from the Negro Leagues as Quincy Barbee and Terris McDuffie."
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Negro Leaguer of the Month

June, 2011

Quincy “Bud” Barbee
Position: first base, outfield
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2 ", Weight: 200 lb.
Born: March 16, 1914
Died: January 14, 2000 in Durham, NC
Career: 1943-1955
Teams: Kansas City Monarchs, Baltimore Elite Giants, Louisville Buckeyes, St Jean Braves, Granby Red Sox, Thetford Mines Miners, Pampa Oilers, San Angelo Colts, Lexington Colts, Portsmouth Merrimacs, Texas City Texans, Minot Mallards

Quincy Barbee, a big slugging first baseman, played professional baseball for more than 20 years, just like his big brother, Lamb Barbee.

After playing black traveling baseball in most of the 1930s, Barbee was signed by the Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro American League where he was known for his slow foot-speed and prodigious home runs.

After stints with the Louisville Buckeyes and Kansas City Monarchs, Barbee, who shaved a few years off his age when approached by Big League scouts, entered “Organized Baseball,” where he stayed from ages 35 to 41.

In 1949, Barbee blasted 23 homers for the St. Jean Braves, and he followed up in '50 with 11 homers in 54 games. Among his teammates with the Braves were Negro League stand-outs Terris McDuffie, Nap Gulley and Ernest Burke.

In 1951, Barbee played with the Class C Granby Red Sox of the Canadian Provincial League where he batted .289 with 27 doubles and eight homers. Again he played with many ex-Negro Leaguers, including Buddy Armour, Bill “Ready” Cash, Big Bob Griffith, Roy Partlow and Bill Ricks.

In ’52, Barbee played in the integrated semipro Manitoba-Dakota League for the Minot Mallards, joining Negro League pitching stars Sugar Cain and Jonas Gaines. Playing in 43 games, Barbee batted .283 with four doubles, three triples and three homers, while Cain went 7-3 on the mound and Gaines went 4-3.

In the semi-finals of the playoffs Barbee caught fire, driving in two runs in the finale of a four-game sweep of the Brandon Greys, with Cain and Gaines each getting a mound victory in the series. Minot beat the Carman Cardinals in the finals, four games to one, with Cain winning twice (including a game one, one-nothing thriller to beat former Negro League star Jentry Jessup) and Gaines once, with Barbee homering in game five and driving in two with four hits in the final game in front of almost 3500 fans.

In 1953, Barbee re-entered Organized Baseball and had his best year in the minors, blasting 19 homers and 34 doubles with a .371 average as he approached 40 years of age.

Barbee jumped around in ’54, spending time with four different teams, including the Portsmouth Merrimacs under manager Pepper Martin, batting .279 overall, and after 13 games in ’55 with the Texas City Texans of the Big State League Barbee retired at age 41.

*Some Information from www.attheplate.com

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