Greason Led the Way up the Beach, with the Cardinals

NegroLeagueFreeBy Glen Sparks

Bill Greason hit the beach under enemy fire at Iwo Jima, played major league baseball and now does the work of the Lord. You can read Derrick Goold’s profile of Greason, the St. Louis Cardinals’ first African-American pitcher, in Sunday’s Post-Dispatch and on stltoday.com.

Greason, 90 years old, debuted for the Cardinals on May 31, 1954. He only pitched in three games and a total of four innings in his Major League career. Even so, the Redbirds honored him before Sunday night’s game against the Cincinnati Reds.

Besides pitching for the Cardinals, Greason pitched for several Negro league teams, including the Birmingham Black Barons. These days, Greason serves a church in Birmingham, Ala., and still works with a charity that helps needy youth. Great story.

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