Dick Lundy

Lundy was one of the top shortstops in Negro League history, a great star and showman respected for his quiet professionalism, leadership qualities, and ability to perform suberbly under pressure. An exceptional fielder, he had great range and an outstanding throwing arm. He was a consistent, powerful switch-hitter who posed a threat on the basepaths.

Lundy moved north with his hometown Jacksonville, FL team in 1915 when they became the Atlantic City Bacharach Giants. In 1921, he led the club with a .484 batting average. His 13 home runs in 1924 led the Eastern Colored League. He became the Bacharach Giants’ player-manager in 1925 and led them to pennants in 1926 and 1927. In the 1926 Black World Series against the Chicago American Giants, Lundy hit .325 with six RBI, four runs scored, and six stolen bases in a losing cause.

Lundy joined the Baltimore Black Sox in 1929 and became part of their “million-dollar infield” with Oliver Marcelle, Frank Warfield, and Jud Wilson. The Black Sox were Negro American League champions that year. In 1933 Lundy moved to the Philadelphia Stars, and though he was no longer in his prime, he was selected to play in the first East-West all-star game.

Lundy played eight years in the Cuban Winter League, compiling a .341 average; he led the league in stolen bases in 1924. In 33 games against white major leaguers, he hit .289. He retired as an active player in 1937, after 22 seasons in the Negro Leagues.

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