The Reader’s Notebook: Cool Papa Bell

May 17, 2019

Credit Baseball Hall of Fame

May 17, 2019 -- James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell was an American center fielder in Negro league baseball from 1922 to 1946. He is considered to have been one of the fastest men ever to play the game. Stories demonstrating Bell's speed are still widely circulated. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974.