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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 a very specific instance when Donaldson played in Wayne county. We
have a reference that mentions Donaldson playing in Derby, Iowa.
On May 2, 1911, Donaldson and the Tennessee Rats crossed bats with the Derby, Iowa club in
Derby. We would like someone to check the local Derby newspaper if one exists.
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, we can send you some background on
Donaldson's many exploits in other parts of Iowa.
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