- J. B. Martin
Dr. J. B. Martin was president of the
Negro American Leagueand owned the Chicago American Giantsbaseball team.
Martin and his brother B.B. Martin were Memphis dentists with other business interests. One of these was the
Memphis Red Sox. The brothers built Martin Park on Crump Boulevard, Memphis for the club, making the Red Sox one of the few clubs in the Negro Leagues with their own ballpark.Inote|Mills|Mills
Martin appointed Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe as manager of the Chicago American Giants in 1950. He was concerned about black players joining Major League teams so he instructed Radcliffe to sign white players. Radcliffe recruited at least five young white players (
Lou Chirban, Lou Clarizio, Al Dubetts, Frank Dyalland Stanley Miarka). The team disbanded in 1952.
* [http://www.negroleaguebaseball.com/teams/Memphis_Red_Sox.html Mills, P. 'Memphis Red Sox', "Negro League Baseball" (2002)] Retrieved
JB Martin (the Owner of the Chicago American Giants) died in 1973.
J. B. Martin, Junior (son of Chicago American Giants owner JB Martin) was a family physician/gynecologist. For many years he had a medical office on Elizabeth Street in Detroit, Michigan. His last office was in the Fisher Building in Detroit. He died in 1982 from a brain aneurysm (which occurred in his parked car). He had been attending an affair at the Renaissance Center, and was stricken in the parking lot.
JB Martin (Former Owner of Chicago American Giants) is survived (9/06) by his daughter-in-law: Corinne Martin, Grand daughter-in-law:Barbara Martin, and Great-Grandsons: Dr. J.B. Martin IV, and Mark A. Martin, Esq
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