Jim Grant

Jim Mudcat Grant (1935-2021) was one of many players featured on collectible coins made by Topps and included in packs of baseball cards. A right handed pitcher who played for the Cleveland Indians (1958-64,) Minnesota Twins (1964-67,) Los Angeles Dodgers (1968,) Montreal Expos (1969,) St. Louis Cardinals (1969,) Oakland Athletics (1970,71) and Pittsburgh Pirates (1970-71,) Grant was the first African American in the American League to win 20 games in a season (1965.) A two-time All-Star, Mudcat also became the first African American to pitch for an American League team in a World Series (Twins, 1965.) Also remembered for being the Montreal Expo’s first opening day pitcher (1969.) Grant compiled a lifetime 145-119 win-loss record with a 3.63 run average. Following his career. Grant remained in sports publicity and broadcasting, and authored the book Black Aces, Baseball’s Only African American Twenty-Game Winners(2007.)