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December 02, 2011

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JIm Rowen

Good for you, Paul. I made it my business the last ten years or so to always see the Negro League veterans when they came through Milwaukee. I interviewed both Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe and Nap Gulley by chance for the Journal Sentinel, and subsequently, purely as a fan, to talk to them and others over the years.

The Seligs did a good job promoting the Negro League players' contributions to the game, establishing an annual event at the stadium and a wall of fame for both Negro League, female and Wisconsin professional ballplayers.

Radcliffe, a Negro League All-Star, certainly deserves consideration for the Hall of Fame doing double-duty as both a catcher and pitcher, though unlike Minoso, did not play in the Major Leagues.

Double Duty passed away not long ago, having lived to age 100 or 101; it's really a shame that more people did not get a chance to see these guys as players or as the genuine ambassadors and conscience of the game that they became.

Dr. Samuel T. Gulley

I enjoyed your interview about the Negro League players. I have a personal interest in one of the names mentioned, Namely Nap Gulley. Nap is my oldest brother and I have searched high and low for tidbits on his career. If you have any personal stories relative to conversations with him about his life in baseball I would love to hear from you. Thanks.

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