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Nearly a year ago I posted what might have been (then) the earliest known mention of Bill Jackman in a baseball context, as a Houston pitcher brought north to play for the semi-pro St. Louis Tigers in 1922.
Bill Mullins (as he pointed out in the comments to the St. Louis Tigers post) has found at least two earlier references to Jackman as a pitcher for the Houston Black Buffaloes of the Texas Colored League in 1921.
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram, April 26, 1921)
(Fort Worth Star-Telegram, June 6, 1921)
Of the Houston players Thomas Calloway, William Hines, Lawson Perry, and Jackman would all come north to join the St. Louis Tigers in 1922, as would Thomas Gee of Fort Worth, while Houston third baseman Lunie Danage played for the St. Louis Giants in 1920. “Bailey” of Fort Worth might be Bob Bailey, who would be in Philadelphia by late April 1921 trying to wrest the second base position from Bunny Downs, while “Jones” might be Ruben Jones of several later NNL teams. “Steel Arm Johnnie” Harris was pitching for the Brooklyn Royal Giants by May. Harris later joined the Lincoln Giants, and was badly hurt in a train accident involving the team in 1922. His injuries may have put an end to his career (though I am not certain).