Reader Robert Klevens, who specializes in Japanese baseball cards, has sent in some information about “Charlie Lewis,” an early American player in Japan mentioned in this post. I didn’t think “Lewis” was a Negro Leaguer, as I couldn’t find reference to anyone remotely like him in Riley or other sources; and Robert confirms this.
Robert, who has been in touch with the player’s daughter, reports that his name was actually Charlie Luis (not “Lewis”), that he was Portuguese (or Portuguese American, I’m assuming), and that he was from Hawaii. According to Robert, “He played AA ball in Hawaii with the Honolulu Braves prior to going to Japan and playing with the Mainichi Orions in the early 1950s.”
Thanks to Robert. If anyone else has additional or better information about anything I talk about here, let me know!