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Mickey Stubblefield was a talented pitcher who played professional baseball for the Omaha Rockets and the Kansas City Monarchs.

However, Stubblefield was the first African-American baseball player in the history of the Kitty League, joining the farm team The Mayfield Clothiers in 1952. The Kitty League’s name was derived from the acronym KIT, which stood for Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee, and was started in 1903.

About 1500 fans filled War Memorial Park to see Stubblefield’s debut, and he received a standing ovation at the beginning of the game.

Because racial prejudice was widespread at this time, Stubblefield limited his pitching to Mayfield games, with the exception of one game which was played in Paducah.

 

Mickey Stubblefield

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