Published by the AFRO News – The Black Media Authority on 15th June 2021
Florida A&M University (FAMU), Rattlers everywhere, and Major League Baseball mourn the death of Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant.
Florida A&M University (FAMU) mourns the death of Rattler Jim “Mudcat” Grant, who spent 14 seasons as a professional baseball player and was the first Black player in American League history to win 20 games.
The Minnesota Twins, for whom Grant pitched for four out of his 14 major league seasons, announced the passing on Saturday of the Lacoochee, Florida, native. He was 85.
“Florida A&M University and Rattlers everywhere join Major League Baseball and the family of Jim ‘Mudcat’ Grant in mourning his loss,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. “His contributions to the game and the legacy he paved have continued to inspire the African American community and those who enjoy America’s National Pastime.”