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Freddie Biggs

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Freddie Biggs,1 ("Handful",2 3 "Lefty"), born June 1st, 1917 in Osceola, AR,4 was a Negro baseball player from about 1934-1945.

Biography

Biggs was the son of William Biggs and Lillie (nee Stenson)5 Biggs. He was born and raised in Osceola, AR.6 7

Biggs' baseball career as a left-handed pitcher began as early as 1934 at age 17 with the Claybrook Tigers8 and Blytheville, AR.9 10 Biggs continued to appear with Claybrook during the 1935 and 1936 seasons, as well as the State Line Booker T's in 1936 and 1937.11 12 Biggs, along with several other former Claybrook players, may also have tried out with the 1938 Buffalo Aces, an associate member of the Negro National League.13 14 It's not apparent however that Biggs ever appeared with Buffalo.

Biggs moved to East St. Louis, IL around 1937 and played semi-pro baseball in the area for many years. Among the teams he appeared with were the 1937 East St. Louis Colts,15 16 1939 Monsanto Giants,17 1941 Monsanto Bears,18 and 1945 East St. Louis Colts.19

Biggs continued to live near East St. Louis, IL for many years.20 He died on April 5th, 1993 and was buried in Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Lemay, MO.21

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"He grabbed two handfuls of biscuits and put them in his pockets when he left home to play baseball," [Gene] Smith said, "That is how he got the nickname 'Handful'".22
1 Biggs' last name is given as "Davis" in "Timber Team" by Darren Ivy, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 7/4/2002.
3 Biggs is occasionally only referred to as "Handful" is newspaper accounts, with no last name.
4 Biggs WWII Draft Card. (Accessed at Fold3.com)
5 Freddie Biggs' brother Jetty's Illinois Death Certificate. "Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1871-1998," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9K-784V : 17 March 2020), Jettie Biggs, 16 Apr 1985; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference , record number , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm .
6 "United States Census, 1930", , FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XMLT-LHY : Thu Oct 05 08:14:58 UTC 2023), Entry for Elizabeth Biggs and Henry Biggs, 1930.
7 "United States Census, 1920", , FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MDXY-CM9 : Sat Nov 04 11:43:10 UTC 2023), Entry for Wm Biggs and Lillie Biggs, 1920.
8 Atlanta Daily World, 6/14/1934
18 St. Louis Argus, 6/13/1941 Mentions Biggs played with Claybrook.
20 "United States 1950 Census", , FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:6J4C-DSH9 : Fri Oct 06 16:53:15 UTC 2023), Entry for Fredie Biggs and Mozel Biggs, 19 April 1950.
21 Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/81264050/freddie-biggs: accessed 06 November 2023), memorial page for Freddie Biggs Sr. (1 Jun 1917–5 Apr 1993), Find a Grave Memorial ID 81264050, citing Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA; Maintained by Marvin & Samme Templin (contributor 426307).
22 "Timber Team" by Darren Ivy, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 7/4/2002.