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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsJames McCurine Nickname: Big StickDied: May 24, 2002James “Big Stick” McCurine,a star in the Negro Leagues, once turned down an offer to play in the farmteam of the Boston Braves. McCurine began to play withsemiprofessional teams at the age of 15 including the Hartford Giants,Brown Bombers and Lincoln Giants. He made it to the Negro Leagues in 1945.After an exhibition between the Lincoln Giants and the Chicago AmericanGiants, he put on a hitting exhibition in which he ball after ball intothe stands. Chicago manager Candy Jim Taylor quickly signed him.He paired with John “Mule”Miles to become one of the top hitting duos in the Negro Leagues. He earneda tryout with the Boston Braves in 1949. Because his shoulder was injured, McCurine was not able to throw the ball in from the outfield and he wasoffered a spot on the Braves’ class C team. He turned down the offer tostay in the Negro Leagues. He retired from baseballin 1950 after playing one more season with the Giants.McCurine died of heart andkidney failure at the age of 81.