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Fri, 03.08.1878

Dangerfield Talbert, Baseball Player born

Dangerfield Talbert

*Dangerfield Talbert was born on this date in 1878. He was a Black baseball third baseman in pre-Negro League baseball.

Dangerfield F. Talbert was born in Platte City, Missouri, and moved to Omaha, Nebraska, attending the public schools there. He began his career as a baseball player at Omaha High School, working as a catcher at 16. Talbert came to Chicago in 1900, signing with W. S. Peters' Chicago Unions, playing third base, where he stayed for most of his career. He played mostly for Chicago teams, except for a couple of years with the Algona Brownies of Iowa. He played a winter season with the Cuban X-Giants and returned for regular season play with the Leland Giants.

Talbert played with the Leland Giants until a court battle split the team in 1910. Wright went to the Chicago Giants with Frank Leland and played there in 1910 and 1911. He played with and against many well-known names of the day, including Rube Foster, Sol White, Henry W. Moore, William Binga, Walter Ball, and Charles "Joe" Green. In 1913, Talbert was diagnosed with tuberculosis, and in May 1913, his friend and former teammate Rube Foster held a benefit baseball game for Talbert raising a reported $265. Omaha baseball supporters also held a benefit four months later at an Omaha ballpark.

After more than a year with the disease, Danger Talbert died on June 20, 1914, at his sister's home in Omaha, Nebraska, at 36. He was buried at Laurel Hill cemetery.

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