Herbert “Rap” Dixon played Negro League baseball from 1922 until 1938. He was an outstanding outfielder for the Harrisburg Giants, Pittsburgh Crawfords, Hilldale Daisies, Atlantic City Bacharachs, Brooklyn Eagles, Newark Eagles, Philadelphia Stars, Homestead Grays, Baltimore Black Sox and Chicago American Giants.
He played winter ball in California and Venezuela as well as managing the 1937 Trujillo All-Stars.
Dixon was a great baserunner with an equally great throwing arm.
In 1927, he was part of a black entourage that toured Japan seven years prior to Babe Ruth. The japanese emperor gave Dixon
a Loving Cup trophy for his performance.
In 1929, he batted safely in 14 consecutive at-bats over the span of four games.
He was the first black ballplayer to hit a home run in Yankee Stadium in 1930, followed by two more home runs in the second game of that day’s doubleheader.
Dixon was a five-time all-star with a .315 lifetime batting average.
He was on the Hall Of Fame ballot in 2006 but got overlooked along with others such as Spottswood Poles and Cannonball Dick Redding.
The time is right to correct that wrong and hang “Rap” Dixon’s Hall of Fame plaque up in Cooperstown.