James “Cool Papa” Bell Net Worth

How much is James “Cool Papa” Bell worth?

Net Worth:$10 Million
Profession:Professional Baseball Player
Date of Birth:May 17, 1903
Country:United States of America
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About James “Cool Papa” Bell

American center fielder in Negro league baseball James “Cool Papa” Bell had a net worth of $10 million dollars at the time of his death, in 1991. Cool Papa is considered to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game. Stories demonstrating Bell’s speed are still widely circulated. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.
  • Born: May 17, 1903 in Starkville, Miss.
  • Died: March 7, 1991
  • Teams: St. Louis Stars (1922-1931), Detroit Wolves (1932), Kansas City Monarchs (1932, 1934), Homestead Grays (1932, 1943-1946), Pittsburgh Crawfords (1933-1938), Memphis Red Sox (1942), Chicago American Giants (1942), Detroit Senators (1947), Kansas City Stars (1948-1950)
  • Inducted into Hall of Fame: 1974
  • Batted: Both
  • Threw: Left
  • Primary position: Center field

Career Highlights:

  • The 5-11, 150-pound Bell never played in the majors but might have been the fastest player in history.
  • Stats are sketchy from Negro League games, but he was said to hit .417 in 1922 and .429 with the Homestead Grays in 1946.
  • Led St. Louis Stars to Negro National League titles in 1928, 1930, and 1931, and the Homestead Grays to titles in 1942, 1943 and 1944.
  • Once timed around the bases in an astonishing 13.1 seconds.
  • The famous quote, attributed to Josh Gibson on the Hall of Fame’s web site, was that Bell was “so fast he can turn off the light and be in bed before the room gets dark.”

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