Judy Gans

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Judy Gans
Pitcher / Manager
Born: (1886-07-16)July 16, 1886
Washington, Pennsylvania
Died: February 13, 1949(1949-02-13) (aged 62)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Batted: Left
Threw: Left

Robert Edward "Judy" Gans (July 16, 1886 - February 13, 1949) was a Negro leagues outfielder, pitcher and manager for several years before the founding of the first Negro National League, and in its first few seasons.

1919 Chicago American Giants

Gans played most of his seasons for the Chicago American Giants and the Lincoln Giants. He took part of what is considered the first "postseason" series between Negro league baseball teams. The American Giants, considered the best team of the West, faced the best team of the East in the Lincoln Giants. In Game 14, Gans was the starting pitcher for New York in the decisive game of a series that had spanned nearly a month. He allowed just one run on nine hits as the Lincoln Giants won 4-1 to win their eighth game of the series. A postseason series would not be played again between Negro league teams for eight years. [3]

He attended Washington and Jefferson College in his hometown of Washington, Pennsylvania.

Gans served in the American Expeditionary Forces during World War I; he was mustered out of service as a Sergeant of Company M, 803 U. S. Pioneer Infantry on May 19, 1919 with an Honorable Discharge.[4]

In his later years, Gans lived and worked in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he died in 1949 at the age of 62,[5] leaving behind a wife, Elvera C. (Gardner) Gans, whom he married in 1937.[6]

He is buried at the Beverly National Cemetery in Beverly, New Jersey.


  1. ^ "Lincoln Giants Win First Two Games in Championship Series" Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis, Indiana, Saturday, August 2, 1913, Page 4, Columns 3 and 4
  2. ^ "Fast Colored Team Wins in Easy Style" The Anaconda Standard, Anaconda, MT, Thursday Morning, April 23, 1914, Page 2, Columns 1-5
  3. ^ "Retrosheet Boxscore: New York Lincoln Giants (NYL) 4, Chicago American Giants (CAG) 1".
  4. ^ Interment Control Forms, 1928–1962. Interment Control Forms, A1 2110-B. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985, Record Group 92. The National Archives at College Park, College Park, Maryland.
  5. ^ Pennsylvania Historic and Museum Commission; Pennsylvania, USA; Certificate Number Range: 016501-019050; Original data: Pennsylvania (State). Death certificates, 1906–1963. Series 11.90 (1,905 cartons). Records of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Record Group 11. Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  6. ^ Certificate no. 685675, Orphans Court of Philadelphia County. Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Marriage Index, 1885–1951." Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009. Philadelphia County Pennsylvania Clerk of the Orphans' Court. "Pennsylvania, Philadelphia marriage license index, 1885-1951." Clerk of the Orphans’ Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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