Thursday, November 18, 2010

Negro leaguer Max Manning played for Cienfuegos, Habana

Nov. 18: On this day in 1918, Negro leagues player Max Manning was born in Rome, Ga.

The bespectacled Manning, nicked "Dr. Cyclops" while playing in the Negro leagues with the Newark Eagles and "Profesor," in the Cuban League, played three seasons (1946-49) with Cienfuegos and the 1949-50 season with Habana. He went 27-33 in his four seasons in Cuba.

In 1948, New York Cubans owner Alex Pompez, while working as a scout for the New York Giants, tried to sign Manning for the major league team but that would have required negotiating with Eagles owners Effa and Abe Manley.

His baseball career was interrupted by a stint in the U.S. Army during World War II, which included spending 15 days in the stockade for insubordination "resulting from the existing racial climate," according to James A. Riley's The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues.

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