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Known as “Bullet Joe”, Charles Wilber Rogan was born on July 28, 1893 in Oklahoma City. He relocated to Kansas City with his family where he began his baseball career in 1911 as a catcher with a semi-pro team of mostly teenagers. Due to unhappiness within his family and school he dropped out of high school and lied about his age in order to join the Army. One of his regiment’s had a famous baseball team, the “Wreckers”, where he played for several years until moving to his new Negro National League team, the Kansas City Monarchs. He became their premier pitcher, set several batting records, and led the team to four Negro National League championships. He remained in the baseball world as a manager and an umpire. He got married in 1922 to Kathrine Williams and eventually passed away on March 4, 1967 at age 73. He was admitted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998, 31 years after his death.
2 S Mickey Mantle Dr, Oklahoma City, OK
Medium type: Bronze
Date created: 2007