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Alvin Spearman

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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Baseball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black and Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
If I Knew Better, I’d Do Better

Birthplace

Born:
8/26/1926
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Baseball Player

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Black and Blue
Favorite Food:
Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Nassau, Bahamas
Favorite Quote:
If I Knew Better, I’d Do Better

Birthplace

Born:
8/26/1926
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Al Spearman was born on August 26, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. Spearman was a member of an amateur baseball team when some friends asked him to join Chicago's Negro League team, the Chicago American Giants. He was a pitcher for the American Giants from 1949-51 in addition to serving as an outfielder in a few games for the Kansas City Monarchs. After leaving the Negro Leagues, Spearman played baseball in Mexico, Canada, and Japan- where he was one of four Americans in the Pacific League. Spearman retired from baseball in 1959 to become a salesperson for the 7-Up Bottling Company. Spearman lived in Chicago. Spearman passed away on January 14, 2016.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Alvin Spearman's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Alvin Spearman lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Alvin Spearman talks about his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Alvin Spearman remembers meeting his maternal grandfather, Cornelius Smith
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Alvin Spearman describes his mother, Connie Summage
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Alvin Spearman talks about how his parents met and their hometown Kiblah, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Alvin Spearman describes his father, Benjamin Franklin Spearman
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Alvin Spearman talks about education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Alvin Spearman describes his childhood neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Alvin Spearman describes his memories of Chicago's Washington Park
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Alvin Spearman describes his memories of childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Alvin Spearman talks about his grade school years at Willard Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Alvin Spearman talks about sports heroes from his childhood including Joe Louis, Jessie Owens, and the Harlem Globetrotters
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Alvin Spearman talks about high schools in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Alvin Spearman describes working at the post office as a high school student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Alvin Spearman talks about playing sports at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Alvin Spearman talks about the Negro history program at DuSable High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Alvin Spearman describes his memory of Pearl Harbor and the economic boom of World War II
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Alvin Spearman talks about his football career at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Alvin Spearman talks about Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Alvin Spearman remembers outstanding athletes at DuSable High School and Phillips High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Alvin Spearman talks about the evolution of safety equipment in sports
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Alvin Spearman recalls sports stars who also grew up in Chicago including Freddie Dawson, Nathaniel "Sweetwater" Clifton, Joe Louis, and Ted Strong
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Alvin Spearman talks about the importance of staying active and why he learned to box
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Alvin Spearman talks about playing baseball in his teenaged years in a Sunday school league and in Chicago's industrial league with the likes of Buddy Young, Freddie Dawson, Bob Satterfield, and Willie Mays
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Alvin Spearman talks about playing with Satchel Paige
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Alvin Spearman talks about outstanding players in the Negro leagues like Smokey Joe Williams, HistoryMaker Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, Buck Leonard, Hilton Smith
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Alvin Spearman details his transition from Chicago's industrial baseball leagues to the Negro Leagues
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Alvin Spearman talks about his brief stint with the Janesville Cubs as the only black on the team
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Alvin Spearman talks about playing for the Kansas City Monarchs
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Alvin Spearman describes his experience of racial discrimination while playing for the Houston Buffaloes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Alvin Spearman talks about playing for the Chicago American Giants
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Alvin Spearman talks about Negro league players kept out of the Major Leagues
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Alvin Spearman talks about gentlemen's contracts and improving contracts in baseball
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Alvin Spearman describes the Stockton Ports in Stockton, California
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Alvin Spearman describes the difference in treatment abroad and at home
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Alvin Spearman talks about playing baseball in Japan after playing with the Harlem Globetrotters baseball team
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Alvin Spearman talks about his experience playing baseball abroad
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Alvin Spearman talks about his career highlights and his last game
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Alvin Spearman describes why he quit baseball
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Alvin Spearman talks about his career after professional baseball
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Alvin Spearman describes his pitching strategy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Alvin Spearman describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Alvin Spearman talks about the relationship between sports and entertainment
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Alvin Spearman talks about the importance of making a living
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Alvin Spearman reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Alvin Spearman talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Alvin Spearman narrates his photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Alvin Spearman narrates his photographs, pt.2