Newspaper article about John Donaldson, and Newt Joseph, who both played for J.L. Wilkinson.

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Two Baseball Men Die

    NEWT JOSEPH'S NAME appears wherever the Kansas City Monarchs played from 1921 to 1941 when he retired from Negro league baseball. He was a star third baseman. Oldtimers remember his playing against Rube Foster's American Giants at old Schorling's park, then at Thirty-ninth and Wentworth. A short, stocky built player, he came to J.L. Wilkinson, owner of the Monarchs in those days, from Galveston, Tex., where he played on the All-Stars. As a fielder of bunts, no one excelled him. His throws to first were accurate and in time to always nip the batter.
    After his retirement in 1941, he managed a farm club of the Monarchs for two years, quitting to devote all his time to his fast growing Monarch Taxicab business which was the largest of the Negro cab companies in Kansas City.
    John Donaldson, now a scout for the Chicago White Sox; Chris Torrientti, "Bullet" Rogan, Jose Mendez, Newt Allen, Frank Duncan, Hurley McNair, Dobie Moore, Lem Hawkins, "Heavy" Johnson, Dick Mothel, Andy Cooper and hundreds of others played with Joseph during his 20 years in Negro professional baseball - and during those years the Monarchs were always a tough team to beat.
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