Biz Mackey biography a great story
This is a big year for Negro League Baseball. It’s the 100th anniversary of Negro League Baseball, which started in 1920. There’s a paperback book that profiles the career of James Raleigh “Biz” Mackey who was one of greatest catchers in Negro League history.
It’s titled “Biz Mackey, a Giant behind the Plate: The Story of the Negro League Star and Hall of Fame Catcher (Temple University Press) that highlights Mackey’s Hall of Fame career in the Negro Leagues. The book is written Philadelphia author Rich Westcott.
Mackey made quite a name for himself as a terrific defensive catcher and a player who could swing the bat as well. The book gives a good look at the history of Negro League Baseball in Philadelphia. Mackey spent a good part of his baseball career in Philadelphia where he showcased his talents behind the plate. Mackey won championships with the Hilldale Daisies and the Philadelphia Stars. He played a big role in helping Roy Campanella become a Hall of Fame catcher.
In addition to playing Negro League Baseball, he was a manager of the Newark Eagles and the Baltimore Elite Giants.