I’m working on a story about lesser-known Negro Leagues stars from Alabama for Alabama Living magazine in recognition of the new museum being built in Birmingham. (I’ll comment soon on whether this new facility will take away from the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.)
While working on the article, I’m shining a little spotlight on Clifford DuBose, who played for the Memphis Red Sox and Birmingham Black Barons in the late 1950s, just before the final demise of the Negro American League. DuBose was from Montevallo, Ala., current population just under 5,000.
I just discovered that, unfortunately, Mr. DuBose recently passed, but I was able to speak with his brother, Glover, for a few minutes this past weekend. Glover was extremely effusive in praising his brother’s brief Negro Leagues career and his love of America’s pastime. Glover noted that Clifford was especially proud of his long post-professional tenure as a sandlot and Little League coach and volunteer.
“That was such a big thing going for him,” Glover said of Clifford’s time in the Negro bigs and beyond. “He was always a baseball man. That was his passion, baseball.”
That pretty much sums up in a nutshell how so many Negro Leaguers felt about the game. Wonderful. 🙂