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This profile was last updated on 4/30/15  and contains information from public web pages.


Negro League East-West Game
Phone: (612) ***-****  HQ Phone
Negro League
4213 Wooddale Av.
St. Louis Park , Minnesota 55416
United States


Employment History

  • Outfielder
    Atlanta Black Crackers
Web References
Goose Tatum, 30 April 2015 [cached]
--Norman Lumpkin, Negro League outfielder
Double Duty Book/First 3 Chapters/Pitch Black Negro League site, 7 July 2014 [cached]
Norman Lumpkin, outfielder for the Atlanta Black Crackers, remembered the ability to act as also being important to traveling teams:
Norman Lumpkin, Sr., 20 Mar 2006 [cached]
--Norman Lumpkin, Sr.
Norman Lumpkin, Sr.
That's how one player described the blazing fast Norman Lumpkin. A left-handed hitter along the lines of Otis Nixon, Lumpkin chopped down on the ball and used his great speed to beat out base hits and consistently bat over .300.
Lumpkin was also known as a great bunter, and he would often drag bunts for hits against pitchers he had trouble with.
Lumpkin grew up in Atlanta, Georgia, and honed his skills playing semi-pro ball during the 1930s in the strong industrial leagues. Lumpkin worked and played for many industries in Atlanta, including Goodyear Tires and Napa Auto Parts. Atlanta's industrial leagues were some of the strongest in the country, and on the road played in some of the toughest towns for people of color, including towns in South and North Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Virginia and Georgia. In the deep south, not only were the crowds rough, but so were the third-rate hotels!
"Some of the damn places, as soon as you laid down the bed bugs attacked you and you couldn't sleep," Lumpkin described. "You'd be smackin' 'em all night and you wake up and there's blood all over the sheets."
Flyhawk Lumpkin played all three outfield positions, but, with his speed, preferred center. After excelling in the semi-pro leagues, and being picked for numerous All-Star teams, Lumpkin was signed by the Atlanta Black Crackers after World War II. Lumpkin played for Black Crackers' owners John and Billie Harden (husband and wife), and manager Goose Curry.
In his prime, Lumpkin batted over .300 with an occasional inside-the-park homer. Lumpkin thought the best hitter he played against was the Homestead Grays' Luke Easter.
Making it to the black baseball big time did not mean life was that much easier for Lumpkin. He recalled:
Lumpkin finished his career with the New York Black Yankees, then returned home to Atlanta where he still resides today.
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