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From Complex To Queens, Episode 77: The Ballad of Bud Fowler

This week, the team discusses New York native Bud Fowler, the earliest known African American player to play professional baseball.

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Welcome to From Complex to Queens, the podcast from Amazin’ Avenue focusing on the Mets’ minor league system.

Celebrating Hideo Nomo’s birthday, the team discusses what pitchers with crazy deliveries to Promote, Extend, or Trade.

After, Steve gives us an update on our adopted CPBL team, the Uni-President Lions, our adopted KBO team, the LG Twins, and our adopted NPB team, the Yakult Swallows.

Next, the team discusses a few Mets minor league roster moves and Major League Baseball’s plan for the minors going forward.

Finally, they discuss the life and times of Bud Fowler, the earliest known African American to play professional baseball. A New York native, Fowler was involved in an incident while playing baseball in Binghamton that would have major implications not only for baseball history, but U.S. history in general.

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Until next week, #lovethemets #lovethemets!