Negro Leagues Baseball Celebrates 100 Years This Year; Author Tips His Cap In Recognition

On January 2, 1917, Ted Strong Jr. was born in South Bend, IN. He was the first of 14 children to be born to Vera Smith and Theodore Relighn Strong Sr. This eventual two-sport athlete would become a major star in the Negro Baseball Leagues and captain and lead the Harlem Globetrotters in basketball. This unsung hero's life is told in the recently released book: "Ted Strong Jr.: The Untold Story of An original Harlem Globetrotter and Negro Leagues All-Star." You can go to to purchase a copy.

Sherman Jenkins (left) is shown with the younger brother of Ted Strong Jr. Jasper Strong (right) during a recent presentation and book signing in Naperville, IL.

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