Irvin Brooks

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Irvin Woodberry "Chester" Brooks
Pitcher / Second Baseman
Born: (1891-06-05)June 5, 1891
Key West, Florida
Died: February 4, 1966(1966-02-04) (aged 74)
Batted: Right Threw: Right

Irvin Woodberry "Chester" Brooks (June 5, 1891 – February 4, 1966) was an African American baseball player in the Negro Leagues.[2] Several reference books incorrectly list him as "Chester" Brooks born in the Bahamas, he was actually born in Key West, Florida and during his playing career he was known as "Irvin" (or occasionally as "Irving").[2][3] The nickname "Chester" and reference to West Indian origins apparently first appears in print in articles by Cumberland Posey.[4][5] From 1918 to 1933 he played pitcher, infielder, and outfielder.

Brooks spent his entire playing career with the Brooklyn Royal Giants and was an outstanding hitter. Cumberland Posey, the influential owner of the Homestead Grays, named Brooks to his all-time Negro league baseball all-star team.[4]


  1. ^ "Giants Too Much for Cubs" Oneonta Daily Star, Oneonta, NY, August 19, 1920, Page 2, Columns 1, 2, and 3
  2. ^ a b Ashwill, Gary (February 25, 2008). "Irvin Woodberry Brooks". Retrieved March 7, 2010..
  3. ^ Ashwill, Gary (January 3, 2008). "Brooks of the Royal Giants". Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Ashwill, Gary (September 3, 2008). "Chester Brooks". Retrieved March 7, 2010.
  5. ^ Ashwill, Gary (August 30, 2008). "Irvin Brooks, West Indian". Retrieved March 7, 2010.


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