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 Oscar McKinley Charleston

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Oscar McKinley Charleston

  • Birth 14 Oct 1896 Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 5 Oct 1954 Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Burial Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA
  • Plot Maple Lawn Section - Row 3 - Lot 4
  • Memorial ID 2385

Hall of Fame Professional Baseball Player. He played professionally for 33 years for the Indianapolis ABCs, Chicago American Giants, Homestead Grays, and several other Negro League teams. Charleston started out as a pitcher-outfielder while serving with the US 24th Infantry Division in the Philippines, and after World War I he played in the Cuban winter leagues against many Major League ballplayers. He hit five home runs in a five-game exhibition series against the St. Louis Cardinals. Over his career he amassed a record of playing in over 1,000 games and a batting average near 350. Charleston retired from baseball in 1945 and worked as a baggage handler for the Pennsylvania Railroad in Indianapolis; he returned to the sport in 1954 to manage the Indianapolis Clowns team, but died from a heart attack following the end of that season. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1976.

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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2385
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Oscar McKinley Charleston (14 Oct 1896–5 Oct 1954), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2385, citing Floral Park Cemetery, Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .