Dink Mothell

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Dink Mothell
Dink Mothell 1924.jpg
Catcher and utility
Born: (1897-08-16)August 16, 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, often known as "Dink" Mothell (August 16, 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." [6]

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.[7] 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.[7]

While researchers are still working to find information about baseball games from this era, the last known baseball game played by Dink Mothell appears to be a 10-inning, 8-8 tie game against the Grover Cleveland AlexanderHouse of David baseball team on September 20, 1923, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Mothell registered for selective service for World War I on August 24, 1918. The paper listed his current address as 1508 Quincy in Topeka, Kansas.[8][9]

Dink Mothell was buried in Topeka, Kansas shortly after he died in 1984, but did not receive a headstone until June 20, 2011.[10] 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. ^ a b "Monarchs, Davids Play Ten Frames To 8-8 Deadlock" The La Crosse Tribune and Leader Press La Crosse, Wisconsin, September 21, 1934.
  4. ^ "Slugging Monarchs Humble Rapids Club, 5 to 2" Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune, Saturday, July 11, 1931, Page 7, Columns 2, 3 and 4
  5. ^ "Giants to Return Here" Oregonian, Portland, Oregon, July 19, 1931, Sunday, Sports Page 4, Column 4 to 6
  6. ^ "Sweatt Only Monarch Not Reported Will Arrive Soon" The Kansas City Sun, Kansas City, Missouri - 4/19/1923
  7. ^ a b "Monarch Stars Homeward Bound" Wichita Negro Star, Wichita, Kansas, March 23, 1934, Page 3
  8. ^ "Sixty One Register" Topeka Daily Capital, Topeka, KS, Sunday, August 25, 1918, Page 3a, Column 4
  9. ^ "WWI Draft Registration Card for Carroll Ray Mothell" Local Board Division 1, Topeka, Kansas, August 24, 1918
  10. ^ "Negro Leagues' heroes finally get their Tombstones" NBC Nightly News, July 19, 2011

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