Joe "Bullet" Rogan (2005)

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Wilbur “Bullet Joe” Rogan, born in Oklahoma City, played on military teams from 1911-1920. At age 31, Rogan began a 15-year career with the Kansas City Monarchs in the Negro Baseball Leagues from 1920 to 1938. He won more games than any other pitcher in Negro League history and compiled the fourth highest career batting average. Many of Rogan’s career statistics are incomplete, but Historians put his career record in the Negro Leagues at 151 wins and 65 losses for a .721 winning percentage, highest in league history. On days he was not pitching, he played centerfield and had a lifetime batting average of .348 in 2,039 at bats. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.