Ulysses Franklin 'Frank' Grant (August 1, 1865 - May 27, 1937) was an African American baseball player in the 19th century. Early in his career, he was a star player in the International League shortly before Jim Crow restrictions were imposed that banned African-American players from organized baseball. He then went on to become a pioneer in the early Negro leagues, starring for several of the top African-American teams of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He is widely considered to have been the greatest African-American player of the 19th century. In 2006, Grant was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He is the earliest Negro league player to have received that honor. Grant was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In the late 19th century, few black hitters matched up with Grant. However, two pitchers could be argued to have been the greatest players of their era - Newark's George Stovey and Syracuse's Robert Higgins.
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