Herbert Buster

Herbert Buster, born December 26th, 19141 in New Orleans, LA,2 3 was a Negro baseball player. He played infield for the Chicago American Giants in 1943.4 Buster lived in Hot Springs, AR most of his life.


Buster was the son of Rich Buster and Saddie (nee McGowan) Buster.5 From 1936-1937, he played for the Giant Collegians, a Negro barnstorming team from Piney Woods College in Mississippi.6 He may also have played with the Kansas City Monarchs.7 He briefly earned a position with the Chicago American Giants in 1943.8

During World War II, he joined the Army,1 9 likely ending his baseball career. Buster died November 8th, 1976 and was buried in Little Rock National Cemtery in Little Rock, AR.1


"Herbert Buster, who came from Hot Springs, Ark., held a batting average of .400 last year. He has seen service with the Kansas City Monarchs. He plays shortstop."10

"Herbert Buster, new recruit from Hot Springs, Ark., playing second, not only did some fine fielding but led [the Chicago American Giants] in hitting . . . "11


Statistics at Seamheads.com.
3 "United States, Social Security Numerical Identification Files (NUMIDENT), 1936-2007", database, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6K7Z-6D28 : 10 February 2023), Herbert Buster, .
4 Chicago Defender, 5/8/1943
8 Chicago Defender, 5/8/1943
9 Arkansas State Press, 8/10/1945
11 Chicago Defender, 5/8/1943