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Bullet Joe Rogan

Wilbur Rogan
Born: 1889
Died: 1967

Negro Leagues Star as Pitcher, Outfielder

   Bullet Joe Rogan spent the first 10 years of his career pitching and playing for teams in the Philippines, Hawaii and Arizona while he was in the Army.

   It wasn't until he was 30 that, the player who had been discovered by Casey Stengel, made his debut with the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues in 1920. He led the league in wins in 1924 and 1925.  Some records show that he compiled an 111-43 mark in 11 seasons in the Negro Leagues.

   Rogan is described as having a blazing fastball (the Bullet nickname) a forkball, palmball, spitball and curves that he threw from a delivery with no windup.

He had one of his best seasons in 1924 when he was 35 years old.  Rogan was 15-5 as a pitcher and he hit .411.

   When he wasn't pitching, Rogan was playing in the outfield. In two seasons, he led the team in home runs and he regularly hit above .300.

   Rogan was a star of the Negro League's first World Series in 1924. He appeared in 4 games against Hilldale, earning 2 victories, pitching a complete-game loss and making a 4th appearance to pitch in relief.  In his career, he was 8-4 in postseason play.

   From 1926 to 1938, he served as the manager for the Monarchs.  Following his career as a manager, Rogan served as an umpire in the Negro Leagues.

   Rogan was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.