Nickname: Tennessee Ernie
Team: Birmingham Black Barons
Born: November 30, 1939, Cleveland, Tennessee
Baseball Career Highlights:
"In 1958, 1 was signed by the Chicago Cub's organization to play baseball with its Carlsbad minor league team. After being released, I signed with the Birmingham Black Barons. I was the starting pitcher for the last East-West All Star game at Comiskey Park, in Chicago, Illinois, which was played on August 21, 1960."
"After baseball, I received a Bachelor's degree from Eastern Illinois University and worked with the Illinois Department of Employment Security for 31 years. I retired in February 1999. Now, I'm the CEO of my own business, ELW Enterprise, which specializes in Negro Leagues memorabilia."
Awards, Honors, Titles, Championships,
• Governor's Award for Outstanding State Employee
• "Coach of the Year"
• Outstanding Job Coach
• Urban League's Outstanding Community Service Award
Source: NLBM Legacy 2000 Players' Reunion Alumni Book, Kansas City Missouri: Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, Inc., 2000.