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Buck Leonard

Age: 90

hall-of-fame first baseman known as the "Black Lou Gehrig"; batted .340 and averaged 34 home runs during his 17-year career in the Negro Leagues; began his career with the Rocky Mount Black Swans in 1925; is best remembered for his years with the Homestead (Pa.) Grays from 1933-50, where batting after Josh Gibson, the Grays won nine straight league titles; elected to the hall of fame in 1972; from complications of a stroke he suffered in 1987

Died: Rocky Mount, N.C., Nov. 27, 1997

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