Pearl Webster

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Pearl Webster
Catcher/First baseman
Born: (1889-07-08)July 8, 1889
Wayland, Missouri
Died: September 16, 1918(1918-09-16) (aged 29)
Batted: Left
Threw: Right
Negro league baseball debut
1913, for the Brooklyn Royal Giants
Last appearance
1918, for the Bacharach Giants

Pearl Franklyn Webster (July 8, 1889 – November 16, 1918), nicknamed "Specks", was an American baseball catcher and first baseman in the Negro leagues. He played from 1914 to 1918 with several teams.[4]

In 1918, while playing for the Hilldale Club, Webster was drafted into the Army in Class 1-A.[5]

He died of the Spanish flu pandemic while serving in the United States Army during World War I.[6]

Thirty-four years after his death, Webster received votes listing him on the 1952 Pittsburgh Courier player-voted poll of the Negro leagues' best players ever.[7]


  1. ^ "Brooklyn Giants Win" The Washington Herald, Washington, DC, Thursday, May 8, 1913, Page 8, Column 3
  2. ^ "Palm Beach Weekly Review" Indianapolis Freeman, Indianapolis, Indiana, Saturday, February 19, 1916, Page 5, Columns 5 to 7
  3. ^ "Hilldale Again" Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, Sunday, June 30, 1918, Page 20, Column 2
  4. ^ Riley, James A. (1994). The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.
  5. ^ "Santop, Williams and Tom Williams" Evening Public Ledger, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, July 17, 1918, Page 11, Column 3
  6. ^ Remembering the Royals: The pride of Brooklyn’s African-American baseball community Brooklyn Daily Eagle
  7. ^ "1952 Pittsburgh Courier Poll of Greatest Black Players"

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