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Tuesday, September 26, 2006

In an Old Timers League of His Own

Genealogist David Lambert gets the credit for finding Silas Simmons—a player from the golden age of Negro League baseball who turns 111 next month.

That Simmons is still living was unknown to baseball researchers until this summer, when a genealogist near the nursing home where he lives in St. Petersburg alerted a Negro leagues expert.

A member of the Center for Negro League Baseball Research confirmed a baseball historian’s dream: that Simmons was indeed a man who had pitched and played the outfield in the equivalent of the black major leagues on and off from about 1912 through at least 1929, and that he had played against such stars as Pop Lloyd, Judy Johnson and Biz Mackey.
Wayne Stivers, who spearheaded the fact-finding committee that led to 17 people associated with the Negro leagues being inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, said: “We were aware there was a Si Simmons and that he played. But we didn’t know he was still alive. We figured, 110, no — this man is not alive. My reaction was, ‘We need to talk with him immediately.’” [Link]

mary washington

PLEASE HELP ME FIND MY BIRTH FAMILY???????

MY BIRTH NAME IS MARY SIMMONS, I WAS BORN IN NEWARK NJ IN 1966. I WAS ADOPTED IN 1970 OR SO MY ADOPTED NAME IS WASHINGTON.

MY BIRTH FATHER WAS 70 AT TIME OF MY BIRTH HIS LAST NAME WAS SIMMONS. MY BIRTH MOTHER WAS 28 AT TIME OF MY BIRTH. I BELIEVE HER SURNAME WAS GILMORE?

I AM CERTAIN SILAS SIMMONS WAS MY BIRTH GRAND FATHER.


PLEASE HELP ME

MARY WASHINGTON
mwashington@pts.edu
412.374.9346
412.583.0774

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