|Birth: ||Aug. 20, 1913|
|Death: ||Aug. 17, 1999|
Negro League baseball player 1934-1946. Middle infielder for the Chicago American Giants. He also played for many pro and semipro teams including New Orleans Crescent City Stars, Zulu Cannibal Giants, Black House of David, Miami Ethiopian Clowns, Nashville Cubs, New Orleans Black Pelicans and the Portland Rosebuds.
Robert "Bob" Normand Bissant Sr., a player and manager in baseball's segregation-era Negro League, died Tuesday of lung cancer at Metropolitan Hospice. He was 85. Mr. Bissant was a lifelong resident of New Orleans, when not on the road. He was employed with Flintkote Roofing and Siding for 20 years before retiring. He also worked for the New Orleans Recreation Department and the Fairmont Hotel for more than 30 years. After attending Xavier University for two years, Mr. Bissant began a semi-pro baseball career on numerous teams, some of them long on showmanship. He played initially with the Algiers Giants and the Jax Red Sox before jumping in 1935 to the Zulu Cannibal Giants, a barnstorming team that had grass skirts as a uniform and traveled throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada to entertain fans. He also played for the Nashville Cubs, Miami Ethiopian Clowns, New Orleans Royals, New Orleans Black Pelicans and many other teams.
Barred from the major leagues prior to 1947, African-American players competed in Negro League teams, and during his career, Mr. Bissant, an infielder, played with some of the greats, among them Hank Aaron, Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson and James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell. In 1940, Mr. Bissant gave up playing for managing. In a 1994 interview with The Times-Picayune, Mr. Bissant reflected on the passing of many of his comrades. "Whenever one of the guys would pass away, Wesley Barrow (manager of the Black Pelicans) would say, 'I don't know where they are, but they're probably going somewhere that a team needs help,'" he said. "That's how I like to think it's going be. All of us back together on a team again." Mr. Bissant was a parishioner of Holy Ghost Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Annabel H. Bissant; a son, Robert N. Bissant Jr.; two daughters, Barbara B. Steward and Julia B. Collins; three sisters, Hattie Johnson of Pass Christian, Miss., Clara Richardson of Providence, R.I., and Lula Bowser; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A Mass will be said Saturday at 11 a.m. at Holy Ghost Catholic Church, 2015 Louisiana Ave. Visitation will begin Saturday at 9 a.m. with a recitation of the rosary at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be in Providence Memorial Park. Tharp-Sontheimer-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. submitted by contributor K)
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Record added: Oct 09, 2012
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