McCurine, James "Big Stick" or "Big Jim"(born: 1921 - died: 2002)
James McCurine was born in Clinton, KY. A baseball slugger, he began his career playing semi-pro ball around Chicago. In 1945 he began playing for the American Giants for $375 per month. McCurine was an outfielder and sometimes pitched, the latter activity ruining his arm and his career. After a tryout with the Boston Braves while nursing a very sore arm, McCurine declined the offer to play on its farm team and retired from baseball in 1949. For more see The Negro Leagues Revisited, by B. Kelley; L. Guerrero, "James McCurine: played for Giants in Negro League, Outfielder who was lethal with bat was known as Big Stick," Chicago Sun-Times, 05/30/2002, NEWS section, p. 64; and James McCurine at Baseball-Reference.com.