Will “Cannonball” Jackman

Will “Cannonball” Jackman

Birth
Kyle, Hays County, Texas, USA
Death 8 Sep 1972 (aged 76)
Marion, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot Willow Grove Section, Row 13, Grave 13
Memorial ID 139127053 · View Source
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Baseball Player. Cannonball Jackman was one of the greatest Negro baseball pitchers in history, playing mostly in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. He was raised in Texas and pitched around the Houston area at first. He came to Boston in the mid-1920s. In 1949 he hurled a charity game for a Roxbury church and it was claimed he was pitching in his 1,200th game. He was always compared to Satchel Paige, very favorably, since he bested Satch a few times. Will lived in the South End of Boston for three decades and was given a "day" by Massachusetts Gov. Frank Sargent in July 1971 at William E. Carter Field in Roxbury, 3,000 attended. He pitched for several black teams, including the Boston Royal Giants, Philadelphia Giants and Boston Colored Giants. His date of birth has been listed as 1895-6-7 and 8 in one place or another. He died while visiting a friend in Marion, MA, but lived in Boston. His catcher for many of those games was his great friend Burlin White, who is buried six miles away in Blue Hills Cemetery.

Bio by: rbdixtour


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JACKMAN
IN HONORED MEMORY OF
WILLIAM
"CANNONBALL"
1897 + 1972
HIS BELOVED WIFE
LOUISE (REESE)
1897 + 1971


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  • Originally Created by: rbdixtour
  • Added: 22 Nov 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 139127053
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Will “Cannonball” Jackman (7 Oct 1895–8 Sep 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 139127053, citing Mount Hope Cemetery, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .