Dink Mothell

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Dink Mothell
Catcher and utility
Born: (1897-08-13)August 13, 1897
Topeka, Kansas
Died: April 24, 1980(1980-04-24) (aged 82)
Topeka, Kansas
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Pre Negro leagues debut
1914, Topeka Giants
Last appearance
1934, Kansas City Monarchs
As player

Carroll Ray "Dink" Mothell (August 13, 1897 – April 24, 1980) was a catcher and utility player who played for 15 years in the Negro leagues. Known for his versatility, Mothell played every position. It was said you could use him "most any place, any time."[5]

During Mothell's time with the Kansas City Monarchs and the All Nations, he often caught for Hall of Fame-nominated and Hall of Fame Negro league pitchers such as José Méndez, John Donaldson, Bullet Rogan, and Andy Cooper.[6] The teams traveled all over the United States, and Mothell was even a part of a Monarchs tour of "The Orient," where they played in places like Manila in 1934.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Mothell was buried in Topeka, Kansas shortly after he died in 1984, but did not receive a headstone until June 20, 2011.[7] The grave marker was placed by the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project.


  1. ^ "Stars are Losers in First Battle" Detroit Free Press, Sunday, September 5, 1920, Page 13, Column 2
  2. ^ "Spencer Loses to Sherburn" Spencer Reporter, Spencer, IA, Wednesday, August 22, 1923, Page 1, Columns 3 and 4
  3. ^ "Slugging Monarchs Humble Rapids Club, 5 to 2" Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Saturday, July 11, 1931, Page 7, Columns 2, 3 and 4
  4. ^ "Giants to Return Here" Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, July 19, 1931, Sunday, Sports Page 4, Column 4 to 6
  5. ^ "Sweatt Only Monarch Not Reported Will Arrive Soon" The Kansas City Sun, Kansas City, Missouri - 4/19/1923
  6. ^ a b "Monarch Stars Homeward Bound" Wichita Negro Star, Wichita, Kansas, March 23, 1934, Page 3
  7. ^ "Negro Leagues' heroes finally get their Tombstones" NBC Nightly News, July 19, 2011

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