The Negro Leagues produced some of the greatest players of all time.
Though the likes of Bullet Rogan, Cannonball Dick Redding, and Leon Day never got a chance in the Major Leagues, they nonetheless made their mark on baseball.
Their were dozens to choose from, and some Hall of Famers will not make the list.
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.
Teams: Memphis Red Sox, Chicago American Giants, Birmingham Black Barons, Homestead Grays, Kansas City Monarchs, Cole's American Giants, Pittsburgh Crawfords
Hall of Fame: 1996
William "Bill" "Willie" Foster completed a 134–63 record with a 3.01 ERA.
He was the half-brother of Hall of Fame pioneer Rube Foster, and was a pitching star for the Chicago American Giants for over a decade.
His years with Chicago included pennant-winning seasons in 1926, 1927, and 1933.
Teams: Dayton Marcos, Indianapolis ABCs, Detroit Wolves, Homestead Grays, Mexican League, Canadian League
Hall of Fame: 2006
Brown, in 18 years, had a Negro League record .736 winning percentage, with a 148-53 win-loss record.
He pitched pitched a no-hitter for Santa Clara of the Cuban Winter League in 1936 and was a mainstay on the Homestead Grays dynasty from 1942 to 1945, were he pitched a total of seven games in the Negro League World Series.
Career: 1917-1938; 1939-1946
Teams: Kansas City Colored Giants, All Nations, Kansas City Monarchs
Hall of Fame: 1998
Wilbur "Bullet Joe" Rogan is second on the all-time Negro League wins list with 155 victories.
Possessing a tremendous fastball, Rogan was a superstar for the Kansas City Monarchs for almost 20 years,a team that won three pennants from 1923 to 1925 and the Negro League World Series in 1924.
Once Casey Stengel stated that Bullet Joe was "one of the best—if not the best—pitcher that ever lived", now that has to say something about how good this guy was.
One of Rogan's best years was 1925 were he went 17-2 with a 2.31 ERA.
Hall of Fame: 1971
Well this one was easy. Paige pitched for dozens of teams and pitched in the Majors in 1965 with the Kansas City Athletics at age 59.
In 1999, he ranked No. 19 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
He was also the first Negro Leaguer elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, in 1971.
The all-time Negro League leader in wins, with 160, and 212 if you count exhibition, All Star, playoffs, and World Series games.