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Greene Farmer

Greene Farmer Jr., born September 8th, 1919 in Spring Creek, AR, was a Negro League baseball player and a professional basketball player.

Biography

Greene with the Kansas City Stars, 1946.
Greene with the Kansas City Stars, 1946.
Greene Farmer Jr. was the son of Greene Farmer Sr. and Rosa Farmer1. He was born in Arkansas, but by 1930, moved to Chicago with his family2. Later, he may have attended Knoxville College, lettering in football, basketball and baseball3. During World War II, Farmer served in the Coast Guard.

Between 1942 and 1947, Greene played with various Negro League teams, including the New York Cubans, Indianapolis Clowns, Cincinnati Crescents, and the New York Black Yankees. With the Cincinnati Crescents in 1946, Farmer traveled to Hawaii to play on the team's exhibition tour of the islands.4 During 1946 and 1947, Farmer played professional basketball with the Kansas City Stars, a team affiliated with the Harlem Globetrotters. Farmer may also have played with the Globetrotters5.

Farmer died on May 20th, 1982 in San Diego, California6 and was buried in Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery7.


Excerpts

"Another standout baseball-basketball performer is Greene Farmer, a three-letter man at Knoxville (Tenn.) college and as great a cager as he has been a diamond performer with the Cincinnati Crescents, Indianapolis Clowns and the New York Cubans. Farmer's 6-2, weighs 170, hails from New York City and joined KC last year upon his honorable discharge from the coast guard . . . Farmer joined Kansas City soon after they opened the season a year ago."8

"Greene Farmer, who plays for the Kansas City Stars here Monday night, won letters in basketball, football and baseball at Knoxville college in Tennessee. He is rated as one of the best outfielders in negro baseball, and played last season for the Cincinnati [team]. Previously he had been a member of the New York Cubans of the Negro National league and the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro National league."3

"Greene Farmer, 6-2 1/2 and 170 pounds, is a standout member of the Kansas City Stars, a Negro team due to play the City League All-Stars at DHS Thursday. Farmer also plays baseball in the Negro National league."9

Stats

Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.

1. 1920 U.S. Census
3. Walla Walla Union Bulletin, 1/19/1947
7. Farmer's page at FindAGrave.com
8. The Ogden Standard-Examiner, 12/29/1946
9. The Dixon Telegraph, 12/1/1947


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