Date and Place of Birth: February 20, 1924 San
and Minor League
Military Unit: US
McCoy grew up in San
Diego and played for the Chicago American
Giants and Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues. He entered
military service in July 1942 and earned an MVP award as a
pitcher with an Army team.
Following his discharge in January 1945 he returned to the
American Giants. He entered organized baseball in 1949, playing
for Visalia of the California
League. In 1950 he became the first black player to play for Sacramento of the Pacific Coast League. He
later played for Tijuana of the
Southwest International League and ended his professional
playing days with Nuevo Laredo of the Mexican
League in 1955.
McCoy later worked as a building contractor and coached his
grandson’s Little League team.
He was “drafted” by the
San Diego Padres
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.
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