Newt Joseph

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Newt Joseph
Newt Joseph 1924.jpg
3rd Baseman / Manager
Born: (1896-10-27)October 27, 1896
Birmingham, Alabama
Died: January 18, 1953(1953-01-18) (aged 56)
Kansas City, Missouri
Batted: Right Threw: Right

Walter Lee "Newt" Joseph (October 27, 1896 – January 18, 1953) was an American third baseman and manager in Negro league baseball. Born in Birmingham, Alabama, Joseph played most of his career for J. L. Wilkinson and the Kansas City Monarchs franchise.

When the Monarchs' train stopped on the way to Dallas for Spring training in 1923, it was said 200 fans in Muskogee were there after midnight to cheer the team. They picked up and carried Joseph from his berth on the train and "presented him with a handsome present." [1]

Joseph played among and against many of baseball's greats, including Hall of Famers Satchel Paige,[3][4] José Méndez, Bullet Rogan, and pre-Negro league stars like John Donaldson,[3] and "Big" Bill Gatewood.

A Utah paper called him one of the best third baseman in history, (part of J. L. Wilkinson's Kansas City Monarchs' publicity newspaper copy), and also called him "the noisiest coach in baseball." [4]

Joseph died at the age of 56, and is buried at the Highland Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.


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