Ervin Fowlkes
Shortstop
Born: (1922-01-18)January 18, 1922
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Died: December 3, 1994(1994-12-03) (aged 72)
Kansas City, Missouri
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Negro league baseball debut
1948, for the Homestead Grays
Last appearance
1948, for the Homestead Grays
Teams

Ervin Fowlkes (January 18, 1922 – December 3, 1994) was an American professional baseball shortstop in the Negro leagues.[1] He played with the Homestead Grays in 1948.[2]

Early life

Fowlkes was born on January 18, 1922 in Lake Charles, Louisiana, the son of Richard and Rosa Fowlkes.[3] He served in the United States Army from 1942 to 1945 during World War II.[4][3]

Baseball career

Ervin and his brother, Samuel, both played for the Boston Blues of the United States League in 1946 before the team and league disbanded.[3] By May 1947, he was a member of the barnstorming Detroit Senators,[3] and appeared in games through the remainder of their season.[5][6]

In 1948, Fowlkes joined the Homestead Grays, who would go on to win the 1948 Negro World Series.[3] In available statistics, Fowlkes appeared in at least 16 games, and recorded five hits in 47 at bats.[7]

References

  1. ^ Riley, James A. (1994). The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-0959-6.
  2. ^ "Ervin Fowlkes Seamheads profile". Seamheads.com. Retrieved April 5, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e Forrester, David. "Ervin Fowlkes". SABR Bioproject. SABR (Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved February 12, 2022.
  4. ^ "Obituary for Ervin Fowlkes (Aged 72)". The Kansas City Star. 1994-12-08. p. 89. Retrieved 2021-05-27 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Senators Hammer Out 7-3 Victory Over Auscos". The Herald-Press. July 2, 1947. p. 10. Retrieved February 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Hawaii Stars Slug Detroit Nine, 11 to 4". Herald & Review. August 17, 1947. p. 13. Retrieved February 12, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Ervin Fowlkes at Seamheads". Seamheads.com. Retrieved February 12, 2022.