Jessup, Gentry - Jeep

Joseph Gentry “Jeep” Jessup

1914 – 1998
Born in Mount Airy, NC
Died in Springfield, MA

Gentry was one of the American Negro League Stars to play in Cuba, pitching for Almendares in 1946-1947, and he was nominated to The Cuban Hall of Fame in 1998. In October of 1999, he was posthumously honored as one of 27 Negro Baseball League players who distinguished themselves by being elected to appear in 5 All-Star Games from 1944 through 1948.

Gentry's brother, Sherman Jessup, pitched for the Winston-Salem Pond Giants, and another brother, Tom Jessup was a boxer who had bout with Henry ("Hank") Armstrong.