James “Jim” Colzie was born on June 12, 1920 in Montezuma,
He entered military service with the Army at Fort Benning,
Georgia on December 29, 1942.
at the end of the war
he played for the Indianapolis Clowns
and Atlanta Black Crackers between 1946 and 1952. The highlight
of his career was beating Satchel Paige in 1947.
Colzie later worked with Little Leaguers and umpired in semi-pro
leagues, while working as a junior high history and math
He was “drafted” by the
Boston Red Sox
Negro Leagues Player
Draft, held prior to the Major League draft at Disney's Wide
World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida
on June 5, 2008. Each Major League club drafted a surviving
former Negro Leagues player, who represented every player who
did not have the opportunity to play baseball in the major
June 16, 2008. Updated June 25,
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