In 1956, he became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP and
He played a year in the Negro Leagues before breaking into the Majors.
He became the first African-American pitcher to start a World Series game in 1949.
He had two sons named Gregory and Evit with his wife Freddie Cross.
He was the first pitcher to win a Rookie of the Year Award, an MVP trophy, and a Cy Young award. Justin Verlander became the second.