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Leroy P. Bass
Born: 1918 in Mississippi
Died: May 7, 2003 in El Paso, Texas


Leroy “Red” Bass, a catcher in the Negro Leagues from 1938-41, died on May 7, 2003 at an Army hospital in El Paso, Texas. He was 85.

According to a story in the Honolulu Advertiser, Bass was born in Mississippi in 1918 and moved to Chicago in his teens. He loved baseball and earned a spot on the roster of the Homestead Grays, serving as a back-up catcher in 1941. His playing career was cut short when he was drafted into service with the start of World War II.

He served in the Army for 27 years, becoming a Colonel in the Airborne. After retiring from the military, he earned a master’s degree in history and eventually moved to Hawaii to serve as a teacher. He served at Hawaii’s Kamehameha Schools from 1970 to 1994.