Williams, Marvin




Born: Feb. 12, 1923

Marvin was a hard-hitting infielder who played for the Philadelphia Stars (‘43-46, ‘49) and the Cleveland Buckeyes (50), as well as the Mexican and Veneluelan Leagues.

He is perhaps best known for the company he kept during his major-league tryout.  In April 1945, the Boston Red Sox, facing political pressure to sign a black player, gave Sam Jethroe, Jackie Robinson, who was then with the Monarchs, and Marvin Williams a tryout conducted by two coaches at Fenway Park.  They were never contacted by the Red Sox again.