John Ware

John Melvin Ware, born December 2nd, 19201 in Blytheville, AR,2 3 was a Negro league baseball player with the Birmingham Barons in 1941.


Ware was the son of Clifton Sykes Ware and Evelyn Koger.4

A large, tall pitcher, Ware briefly played with the Birmingham Barons early in the 1941 season.5 6

Ware died on October 10th, 2012 in Cleveland, OH.7 He was buried in Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland, OH.8


"And last, but not least among the Barons for 1941, is John M. Ware, 20, a rookie pitcher from Blytheville, Ark. Ware is a big, 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 194 pounds. This is his first year in professional baseball."9

"Ware, a rookie, who hit .321 in the spring exhibition games at the Black Barons camp at Shreveport and in exhibition games on the road."10

1 Ware's grave records, at gravelocator.cem.va.gov.
7 Ware's obituary, Plain-Dealer, 10/15/2012
8 Ware's grave records, at gravelocator.cem.va.gov.