Bunny Downs

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McKinley "Bunny" Downs
Infielder / Manager
Born: (1894-03-07)March 7, 1894
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Died: June 30, 1973(1973-06-30) (aged 79)
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
1914, for the West Baden Sprudels
Last appearance
1929, for the Hilldale Club

McKinley "Bunny" Downs (March 7, 1894 - June 30, 1973) was a Negro leagues infielder and manager for several years before the founding of the first Negro National League, and in its first several seasons.

A native of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Downs attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta, Georgia. He made his Negro leagues debut in 1914 with the West Baden Sprudels, and went on to play for several teams, including a six-year stretch from 1917 to 1922 with the Hilldale Club. At age 56, Downs received votes listing him on the 1952 Pittsburgh Courier player-voted poll of the Negro leagues' best players ever.[2] He died in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1973 at age 79.


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