Pearl Webster

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Pearl Webster
Pearl Webster.jpg
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 F. "Specks" Webster (July 8, 1889 – November 16, 1918) 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.

34 years after his death, Webster received votes listing him on the 1952 Pittsburgh Courier player-voted poll of the Negro Leagues' best players ever.[6]


  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. ^ "1952 Pittsburgh Courier Poll of Greatest Black Players"

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