Leon Day

Leon Day

About Leon Day

Leon Day (October 30, 1916 March 13, 1995) was an American right-handed pitcher in the Negro leagues. He played for the Baltimore Black Sox, the Brooklyn & Newark Eagles, and the Baltimore Elite Giants. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1995. Day, born in Alexandria, Virginia, is noted for pitching a perfect season in 1937 (13-0) while playing for the Newark Eagles, and for his fastball. Day was also a good hitter and baserunner, batting .320 in 1937. From 1935 through 1946 he appeared in a record seven East-West All-Star Games, and set an all-star record by striking out 14 batters. In 1942 Day set a Negro league record when he struck out 18 Baltimore batters in a single game - including Roy Campanella three times. Day's teammate Monte Irvin referred to him 'He (Day) was as good or better than Bob Gibson. When he pitched against Satchel Paige, Satchel didn't have an edge. You thought Don Newcombe could pitch.

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