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Luke Easter Luke Easter

First Baseman Bats Left Throws Right; Negro Leagues 1943-1949; Cleveland Indians 1950-1954; 6' 5" 245 lbs US Military World War II

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Big "Lucious Luke" Easter, 6' 4"- 245 lbs, was 34 years old when the Cleveland Indians bought him up from the Negro Leagues in 1949. In his rookie season, Luke Easter hit 28 home runs, scored 96 runs, had 107 RBI's with a .280 batting average. Known for his tape-measured home runs, Luke Easter hit a 477 ft homer in his rookie year, the longest HR ever hit in Cleveland Municipal Stadium. In 1952, he hit 31 HR's - one in every 7 at bats.

A foot injury in early 1954, cut short his major league career but big Luke Easter played Triple -A ball until late in his 40's. Luke Easter's stats: in 4 full years hit 93 HR's, batted .274, with 340 RBI's.

"Big Luke" always had time for his fans and once while playing in Chicago he fanned five times in a doubleheader and after the games signed his autograph for a 14 year old boy. Baseball Historian

Likeable Luke Easter was shot and killed in 1979 in a robbery. Peace to You, Big Luke Easter.

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