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My name is Pete Gorton and I am leading an effort to shed a past due light on a great
American baseball player. John Donaldson was known in the early Twentieth Century as the
"Greatest Colored Pitcher In The World." We have been tracking his playing
career for several years and more information is available at:
We are looking for 3 very specific instances when Donaldson played in Harrison county. We
have references that mention Donaldson playing in Woodbine, Iowa.
The first known date is June 3, 1914, while playing with the All Nations club, Donaldson
played a game in Woodbine. We would like someone to check the local Woodbine newspaper if
The next known dates did not happen again in Woodbine until July 14 and August 28 of 1932,
when Donaldson's team the John Donaldson's All Stars battled the traveling Cuban
Stars in Woodbine. For these games we need to also check the local Woodbine newspaper.
Donaldson traveled throughout the Upper Midwest during his near 40 year playing career.
Some say he would have been the best pitcher in the Major Leagues in his prime of 1910 to
Any help you could give would be greatly appreciated.
If you are interested in the Donaldson effort, w can send you some background on
Donaldson's many exploits in other parts of Iowa.
Butner, Buttner, Damond, Emery, Fox, Hicklin, Hurl, Jaco, Johnson, Lewis, E; Walds,
Williams, Woods, C; Woods, K
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