Pete McQueen

Pete McQueen, born March 26th, 1909 in Carlisle, AR,1 2 was a Negro League baseball player from 1931-1945.


McQueen was likely the son of John and Lydia (nee Gale) McQueen, spending his youth between Carlisle, AR, and North Little Rock, AR.3 4

A well-hitting centerfielder, McQueen's baseball career began in Little Rock, AR with the 1931 Little Rock Black Travelers and the 1931-1932 Little Rock Greys in the Negro Southern League.5 From there, McQueen played with the Colored House of David in 1933, Texas Black Spiders in 1934,6 , Memphis Red Sox in 1935 and 1937, Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1936, New York Black Yankees in 1945, and various black baseball teams from Buffalo, NY, from 1936-1945, including the Buffalo Colored All-Stars and the Buffalo Harlem Giants. In addition, McQueen played multiple seasons in the Washington League of the Buffalo Municipal Baseball Association with the Sanders club and the Donner Hanna club.

McQueen likely worked at the Donner Hanna coke manufacturing facility in Buffalo, NY.7

McQueen died on May 1st, 1985 in West Seneca, NY,8 and was buried in St. Matthews Cemetery in West Seneca.9


Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.

Statistics at Seamheads.com.
2 The 1940 U.S. Census shows Pete McQueen, born about 1910 in Arkansas, living with his wife Callie and son Marvin in Buffalo, NY, only one residence away from teammate Elton Gladney. Callie died in 2005, and her obituary in the Buffalo News indicated that Pete died in 1985. Social Security Death Index shows Pete McQueen who was born March 26th, 1909 and died May 1st, 1985.
3 1931 Little Rock City Directory. Pete is listed as living at 315 E 13th St. in North Little Rock, AR, the same residence as John and Lydia.
4 McQueen may be "Rosco McQueen", the son of John and Lydia McQueen, born about 1909, and appears in the 1910 U.S. Census, 1920 U.S. Census, and 1930 U.S. Census.
7 McQueen's occupation in the 1940 U.S. Census was listed as "Coke Worker." McQueen played with a team sponsored by Donner Hanna in the late 1930s.