Red Grier

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Biographical Information[edit]

Red Grier was a Negro League pitcher of the 1920s who was noted for an amazing year in 1926.

Signed by Ben Taylor, Grier debuted for the Washington Potomacs, going 7-8 in 1924. He went 3-7 for the 1925 Wilmington Potomacs and 5-4 the same year for the Atlantic City Bacharach Giants.

Grier's big season started off on an okay note at 8-6 but he then went 17-6 the rest of the way for a 25-12 record, leading the Eastern Colored League in wins. His 3.16 RA was fourth, trailing Zip Campbell, Nip Winters and Phil Cockrell. Red lost game two of the 1926 Negro World Series, giving up 7 runs in under five innings to the Chicago American Giants. Returning to the mound a day later on October 3, he made history with a no-hitter. He walked six and fanned eight in the game for the ages. The left-hander beat Chicago, 6-4, on October 6, lost game 9, 6-3, to Rube Currie. Overall, his Series record was unimpressive (2-2, 5.53 RA) and Atlantic City had lost, 5 games to 4, but Grier's no-hitter would not be forgotten.

Grier went 5-3 between three different Cuban Winter League teams in 1926-1927, tying major leaguer Pedro Dibut for the league lead in victories. After having won 32 games and lost 17 in the span of a year, Red's arm was dead. He went 1-2 in 1927 and did not pitch in the 1927 Negro World Series, then sat out 1928. Returning in 1929, he went 5-1 for the Cuban Stars to end his career.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • ECL Games Pitched Leader (1926)
  • ECL Saves Leader (1926)
  • ECL Strikeouts Leader (1926)
  • ECL Complete Games Leader (1926)
  • ECL Shutouts Leader (1924)


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