Steel Arm Dickey
|Claude "Steel Arm" Dickey|
June 2, 1896|
|Died: March 11, 1923
|1920, for the Knoxville Giants|
|1922, for the St. Louis Stars|
Claude "Steel Arm" Dickey (born June 2, 1896) was a Negro Leagues pitcher for the first Negro Southern League and Negro National League. Researchers currently believe his real name is Claude Dickey, based on census records and World War I draft registration cards. Newspaper reports show he appears as Walter Claude, John Claude, and Jean Claude. Many reports simply call him Steel Arm Dickey.
Dickey had a short career, dying at the age of 26 in Etowah, Tennessee.
According to his death certificate, Dickey was killed after he was shot by a pistol. News reports later noted Dickey was killed by a knife. Either way, the medical examiner noted he died from a loss of blood, that he was wounded in the neck, and there was extensive damage to his esophagus. He also ruled the death a homicide. The informant appears to be a family member, Martin Dickey.
Steel Arm Dickey was buried in the New Zion Cemetery in Etowah, Tennessee.
- Negro league and Cuban League statistics and player information from Seamheads.com, or Baseball-Reference (Negro leagues)
- Old Knoxville Baseball Blog, about Steel Arm Dickey