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James “Fireball” Cohen

Died: April 23, 2002 


James “Fireball” Cohen, a former Negro League Pitcher, died April 23, 2002 at the age of 84.  

He played in the Negro Leagues from 1946 to 1952 with Indianapolis and was a teammate of Hank Aaron.  Cohen played for the West in the Negro League’s East-West All-Star Game in 1948.

Cohen served in the Army during World War II and played for a baseball team there.  During his service, he caught the attention of Negro League scouts.  That led to his stint in the league after service.

Following baseball, he worked for the postal service in Washington.

In 1994, Cohen joined eight other former Negro League veterans in a visit with Vice President Al Gore at the White House.