Trouppe was an all-star Negro League catcher who also performed in the Mexican League, Canadian Provincial League, and for the crack semi-pro Bismarck, ND club. He played 14 winters in Latin America and barnstormed with black all-star teams playing white major leaguers. In the twilight of his career, he appeared in 6 games for the 1952 Cleveland Indians and 84 games for their Triple-A farm club. A lifetime .300 hitter, he batted as high as .352 for Chicago in the 1948 Negro American League. He started for the West in five all-star games, four as a catcher in 1945-48. He managed the Cleveland Buckeyes to NAL titles in 1945 and 1947. He was also a nationally recognized amateur boxer who won a major heavyweight tournament title in 1936. His autobiography, 20 Years Too Soon, was published in 1977.