Subby Byas

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Richard Thomas Byas
(Subby, Prof)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Subby Byas played for about a decade in the Negro Leagues and was a two-time All-Star. A switch-hitter, he hit better from the left side.

Byas debuted in 1931 with the Kansas City Monarchs but spent the next two years with minor teams. In 1934, he hit .271 as the shortstop for the Newark Dodgers. He moved to Cole's American Giants in 1935 and hit .267 for them in 1936, when he was primarily a catcher. Byas was 4th in votes for the 1936 East-West Game, leading all position players with 10,177, over 2,000 ahead of fellow backstop Josh Gibson. Byas went 1 for 3 in that game after replacing Harry Else at catcher.

In 1937, Byas led the American Giants starters with a .292 average. He was 0 for 1 as a pinch-hitter for Double Duty Radcliffe in a 7-2 East loss in the 1937 East-West Game. In the playoffs, he was 5 for 14 against Kansas City and 1 for 2 against the Homestead Grays. Moving to second base in 1938, Byas improved to .333. He hit .255 in 1939, being used primarily in the outfield.

Byas switched to the Memphis Red Sox for 1941-1942 and hit .368 for them the first year. That concluded his career.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • NAL All-Star (1937)


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