mmanning.jpgMax Manning was a 6-foot-4-inch right-hander with the talent to possibly make it in the majors. He even got a call to tryout for the Detroit Tigers in 1937, an offer that was later rescinded when the team realized Manning was black.
Undeterred, Manning played for the Johnson Stars in Atlantic City and the Newark Eagles in the Negro National League.
After playing in Mexican and Canadian baseball leagues, he gave up the game, graduated from college and spent the next 28 years teaching the sixth grade.
Manning died on Monday. Cause of death was not released. He was 84.