Willie Wingfield

Willie Wingfield, born about August 2nd, 1902 in Arkadelphia, AR,1 was a Negro Baseball player from about 1925-1930.


Wingfield was the son of Charles/John Wingfield and Carrie Johnson.1 2 3

Wingfield, a right-hander, pitched with the Sioux City Ghosts in 1925,1 the Pipestone Black Sox in 1926,4 and the Colored House of David in 19295 and 1930.6

Wingfield later lived in Chicago, IL and worked as an engine room attendant.7 He died on December 25th, 1974 in Chicago, IL and was buried in Restvale Cemetery in Chicago.8


"Willie Wingfield, former member of the Sioux City Ghosts, probably will oppose Thorpe in a hurling duel when the Pipestone Black Sox invade Sioux City for a game with the home negroes at the Yards park Monday. Wingfield is a big righthander."9

1 "B. W. Wingfield" is listed in the 1925 Iowa Census in the same household as several other members of the Sioux City Ghosts, including Arkadelphia, AR residents Nick Jones and Codie Spearman. His mother is listed as Carrie Johnson. This matches with Willie Wingfield's Illinois death certificate, which also lists his mother as Carrie Johnson and additionally gives his birthdate as August 6th, 1902. Wingfield's WWII draft card (accessed at Fold3.com) gives the same birthdate and also his birthplace as Arkadelphia, AR. However, Wingfield may appear in the 1900 U.S. Census as an infant in the household of his mother Carrie Johnson. If this is the case, then he may have been born in May 1900 or earlier.
3 1900 U.S. Census. Wingfield is listed in the household of his mother, Carrie Johnson.
4 Sioux City Journal, 8/1/1926, p.18
9 Sioux City Journal, 8/1/1926, p.18