Dizzy Dismukes

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Biographical Information[edit]

Dizzy Dismukes was a star pitcher in the first quarter of the 1900s, most notably for the Indianapolis ABCs. He later was a manager, including a brief stint managing the Kansas City Monarchs early in 1942 before he was promoted to the position of Business Manager, replacing J.L. Wilkinson's brother, Lee, who left for the Army; upon Dismuke's promotion, Monarchs veteran catcher Frank Duncan was named as the team's field manager. He remained the Monarchs' Business Manager for a number of seasons, and was again their field manager in 1957 and 1958, having replaced Jelly Taylor. He also scouted for the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NNL Games Pitched Leader (1920)
  • NNL Shutouts Leader (1920)
  • EWL Pennant: 1 (1932)

Year-By-Year Managerial Record[edit]

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1922 Pittsburgh Keystones Negro National League 12-23 -- Pittsburgh Keystones Replaced by Dicta Johnson
1923 Indianapolis ABCs Negro National League 51-33 3rd Indianapolis ABCs
1924 Indianapolis ABCs Negro National League 5-21 7th Indianapolis ABCs
Birmingham Black Barons Negro National League 14-25 -- Birmingham Black Barons Replaced Sam Crawford (0-2) and
Charles Wesley (18-11) / Replaced by Joe Hewitt
1925 Memphis Red Sox Negro National League 34-49 6th Memphis Red Sox
1926 St. Louis Stars Negro National League 20-10 -- St. Louis Stars Replaced Branch Russell (1-8)/
Replaced by John Reese
1932 Detroit Wolves East-West League 28-9 1st Detroit Wolves League Champs
1933 Columbus Blue Birds Negro National League 16-28 8th Columbus Blue Birds
1937 St. Louis Stars Negro American League 6-34 8th St. Louis Stars
1938 Birmingham Black Barons Negro American League 13-48 7th Birmingham Black Barons

Further Reading[edit]

  • Paul Debono: The Indianapolis ABCs: History of a Premier Team in the Negro Leagues, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2007 (originally published in 1997).

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