Steel Arm Dickey

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Claude "Steel Arm" Dickey
Born: (1896-06-02)June 2, 1896
Morganton, Georgia
Died: March 11, 1923(1923-03-11) (aged 26)
Etowah, Tennessee
Batted: Left Threw: Left
1920, for the Knoxville Giants
Last appearance
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.[2]


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