Teams: San Antonio Black Bronchos, Chicago Giants, New York Lincoln Giants, Mohawk Giants, Chicago American Giants, Atlantic City Bacharach Giants, Hilldale Daisies, Brooklyn Royal Giants, Homestead Grays, Detroit Wolves
Hall of Fame: 1999
In 1952, a poll taken by the Pittsburgh Courier named Smokey Joe Williams the greatest pitcher in Negro League history.
The man also known as "Cyclone" completed a 106-51 record in parts of 27 seasons.
Some of Williams best years include 28-4, 20-8, 20-2 and 32-8. Williams has been credited with defeating Hall of Famers Grover Alexander, Walter Johnson, and Chief Bender in barnstorming exhibition games.
In 1930, he won a 12-inning showdown with the Kansas City Monarchs, striking out 27, at age 44.