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June 13, 2017


Gary Ashwill

Reginald, great! I am sure there's a lot more to find out about Wilson, and I look forward to hearing what you come up with.

Reginald H Pitts

Good afternoon! Thanks for the good work on J. W. Wilson. I'm a fellow alumnus of Lincoln University (Monte Irvin went here, too) and I think I can get the rest of the information needed to tell the rest of James Wilson's story in about a week or so. Hope to talk to you soon. Thanks again!

Gary Ashwill

I'm quite confident that "J. H. Wilson" and "James W. Wilson" are the same person, as Lincoln University didn't have that many students, and the story of "Jim Wilson" of the Lord Baltimores, Lincoln U., and Liberia matches the story of James W. Wilson perfectly. There's also reason to believe that the list of NCL players printed in The Sporting Life sometimes got the names a little wrong--"Hugh S. Cummings," for example, another of the Lincoln U. students, was really Harry S. Cummings. Also, along with Cummings & Wilson the other two Lincoln U. ballplayers mentioned in the Philadelphia Times article can be identified in the Lincoln U. catalogues, as John Paynter & William J. Curr[e]y.

John Thorn

Amazing research. Best I've seen in some time.

Doug S

This is a fascinating work of historical sleuthing. How confident are you that J H Wilson and James W. Wilson are the same person? A great blog.

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