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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 specific instance when Donaldson played in Stevens county. We have a reference that mentions Donaldson playing in Hancock, Minnesota.
On June 3, 1912, Donaldson was a member of the barnstorming All Nations team which stopped in Hancock for a ball game. We need someone to check the local Hancock newspapers or alternate local sources for accounts of this game, if sources 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 1917.
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 Minnesota and the Midwest.
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