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Baseball legend to be honored

John Donaldson is probably the greatest baseball pitcher of all time, and some of you may have never heard of him.

Donaldson had 5091 verified strikeouts, more than any segregated pitcher in history, played in 724 cities in the U.S. and Canada including, Verndale, Staples and Bertha. He was six foot tall and left handed.

Donaldson’s history was cast into obscurity as he was a Black man that was not allowed to play in the major leagues.

Pete Gorton, a Staples native, has spent most of his adult life tracking down information about Donaldson and teaching people the importance of his legacy. . . .



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