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Cool Papa Bell

(Photo by Jim Alexander ©)

Subject(s): Cool Papa Bell
Sport: Baseball

Location: St Louis Cardinals, Busch Stadium, St Louis, MO (From 2002-2005 sited at Busch Memorial Stadium)
Unveiled: 18/5/2002
Sculptor: Harry Weber
Material: Bronze
Status: In Situ

Inscribed on plinth: BELL

Plaque 1: JAMES THOMAS BELL. "COOL PAPA". Negro Leagues 1922-1950. Combined speed, daring and batting skill to rank among best players in Negro Leagues. Contemporaries rated him fastest man on base paths. Hit over .300 regularly topping .400 on occasion. Played 29 summers and 21 winters of professional baseball.

Plaque 2: "COOL PAPA" BELL. Unveiled September 16, 2001. Regarded as the fastest to ever put on a uniform, the St. Louis native played for the St. Louis Stars during a career that lasted from 1922-1950. Elected to the Hall of Fame in 1974. While some stories may be exaggerated his speed was real. He was once clocked circling the bases in an astonishing twelve seconds. He stole 175 bases in just under 200 games. His skill with the bat established a lifetime batting average of 0.341.

Plaque 3: Dedication postponed to May 18, 2002 due to the events of September 11, 2001.

Links: Sculptor

(Photo by Edward Dallas ©)

(Photo by St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame Museum ©)

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