One of the Negro Leagues most feared baserunners, Terrible Ted was a rugged competitor, a solid hitter, and a skilled bunter and hit-and-run man. He was a valuable member of some of the greatest Negro League teams of all time – the 1931 Homestead Grays and the 1932-34 Pittsburgh Crawfords. The lefthanded-hitting outfielder batted .375 in postseason all-star games against white major leaguers. He was offered a football scholarship to Ohio State, but dropped out of high school to play pro baseball. He batted .316 in recorded Negro League games. In 1934 he injured a knee while sliding and lost much of his great speed. The injury hastened his retirement in 1937.