The section of the article about Donaldson reads:
This season promises to be Newcombe's best. He now has 16 won, one lost record and is destined to hang up a couple of new records.
He has a 20-9 record. But this season he is batting among the top hitters and has six home runs to his credit which ties the National league record for homers by pitchers and is only three short of the American league mark held by Cleveland's Wes Ferrell.
A great deal of any pitcher's success is, of course, due to the craftiness of his catcher. And to Roy Campanella, who backstopped for Tom Wilson's Baltimore Elite Giants of the Negro National league, goes much credit. Ray and Don were teammates at Nashua.
NEWCOMBE AND CAMPY now become the major leagues' most prized battery. The Chicago White Sox could use that pair. And so could the Chicago Cubs. Both men had played in Chicago. The Sox had a better view of the pair since most of the Negro National league games with Negro American league were played at Comiskey park, as were the East vs West Negro contests in which Campanella was a star catcher. He was voted the most valuable player in the 1945 game, taking home the Olde Tymers A. C. trophy.
Ernie Banks and Gene Baker, both from the Kansas City Monarchs, slipped through the Sox's mitts and landed with the Chicago Cubs as did Elston Howard, also from the Monarchs and now with the Yankees, and dozens of others.
Most prized honor was the turning down of John Donaldson's recommendation of Willie Mays now the prize outfielder of the New York Giants. The Sox wound up with Bob Boyd and Connie Johnson, pitcher, who is still sticking around. According to W. S. Welsh, former manager of several Negro league clubs, Johnson had the fastest ball of any pitcher he's ever seen until he injured his arm in the army and he still has plenty of speed. Boyd, a first baseman, is the property of the St. Louis Cardinals. Fans on the southside of Chicago who have long supported the Sox aren't so enthused about the Cuban Minnie Minoso who is a Cuban and these fans don't count him as "Negro" any more than he wants to be numbered among us. Since "Me Cuban" wants to be that we leave him alone.
SPEAKING OF GREAT Negro batteries we rate Leroy Satchel Paige and the late Josh Gibson, then with the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Rube Foster and Bruce Petway, both dead, who was the star battery with the American Giants of Chicago along with the Newcombe-Campanella combination.
The majors got (or accepted) Pagie when he had passed his prime and was an "old man" as far as major league players ages are concerned. Gibson, the home run king of first the Crawfords and after the Homestead Grays of the Negro National league setup, came along too early in life to be given a chance. The major league managers were hiding behind "the time ain't ripe yet" after it was found that there wasn't any rule of bylaw that prohibited the playing of a Negro any major league club.
We had some great pitchers like Donaldson, Jose Mendez, Smoky Joe Williams and others. We have had some great catchers like the late Louis Santop, the late Jim Brown, Frank Duncan but the combinations weren't there.