Former New York Mets and Detroit Tigers catcher Vance Wilson is looking to eventually join the long list of former big league catchers who have become major league managers. Wilson is currently the skipper of the Kane County Cougars of the Low-A Midwest League. In the story Wilson talks about his big league days, getting the chance to manage six months after his retirement from baseball and the challenges of coaching his Kansas City Royals affiliate through a rough first half.
The South Bend Silver Hawks are honoring five former Negro League players at their upcoming game on Monday July 25th against the Kane County Cougars. Among them are 89 year old Hank “Baby” Presswood and Lou “The Grey Cat” Clarizio who was the first white player to ever play in the Negro Leagues as a member of the Chicago American Giants. In the story Clarizio talks about being accepted by his teammates and coaches, but finding it much tougher to win over the fans. Presswood also looks back on his career with the Cleveland Buckeyes and the Kansas City Monarchs. It’s a fascinating story on both players.
Minor League baseball: Five ex-players from Negro Leagues to meet fans at Cove — South Bend Tribune