From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Beckwith, John

(born: 1902  -  died: 1956) 

John Beckwith was born in Louisville, KY. He played shortstop, third base, and centerfield in the Negro Baseball Leagues, where he was a powerful and consistent hitter. In Cincinnati, Ohio in 1921, he was the first player to hit a ball over the roof and completely out of Redland Field. In Washington, D.C., he hit a ball that struck an advertisement sign 460 feet away from home plate and 40 feet above the ground. Beckwith helped the Chicago American Giants win three pennants. He also had a temper and was once suspended from play after severely beating an umpire. For more see The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues, by J. A. Riley; and John Beckwith at the Negro League Baseball Museum.


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NKAA Source: Biographical encyclopedia of the Negro baseball leagues

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“Beckwith, John,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed May 21, 2022,

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