DON BLACK: 1917-1959
Don Black was born and raised in Salix, Iowa. The right-handed pitcher made his first Major League Baseball debut on April 24, 1943 for the Philadelphia Athletics. Black played for the Athletics from 1943-1945 and the Cleveland Indians from 1946-1948. July 10, 1947, marked the highlight of Black’s career when he pitched a no-hitter against his former team, the Athletics. During the height of the 1948 pennant race, Black suffered a cerebral hemorrhage while playing. Black made a full recovery, but was unable to return to baseball. The Indians went on to win the World Series that year. Manager Lou Boudreau said that the Indians won the title in Black’s honor.
After his retirement from baseball, Black went on to become a sportscaster, automobile salesman and insurance salesman. He lived with his wife, Joyce, and his two daughters, Stevie and Donna, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. On April 21, 1959, Black died in Cuyahoga Falls while watching an Indians game at his home.