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Sidearmer had majors tryout rescinded in '37

Updated: June 24, 2003, 1:29 PM ET
Associated Press

PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. -- Former Negro Leagues pitcher Max Manning, who was once offered a major league tryout only to have it rescinded because of his race, died at 84.

He died Monday at Linwood Convalescent Center after a long illness.

A 6-foot-4-inch right-hander with a sidearm delivery, Manning was a high school standout went on to play for the Johnson Stars in nearby Atlantic City.

In 1937, he was contacted by the Detroit Tigers about a tryout, but the offer was withdrawn when ...

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