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 History Players Teams Obituaries Site search Contact UsSponsor a page on Historic Baseball! Click here for detailsJoseph “JB” Spencer Died: May 17, 2003 in Gretna, La. Joseph B. “JB” Spencer, who played in three Negro Leagues championships, died on May 17, 2003. He was 83.Spencer played for the Homestead Grays when the team won the championship in 1943 and 1944 and for the Birmingham Barons when the team won the 1945 title. He played all positions except pitcher, according to wire reports.When he played for the Grays, one of his roommates was Jackie Robinson who would break baseball’s color barrier in 1947.In addition to the Grays and Barons, he also played for the Baltimore Elite Giants, Harlem Globetrotters, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Seattle Steelheads and the New York Black Yankees.His professional career ended in 1955 after spending 5 seasons in the minor leagues.Source: AP obituary