William “Bubby” Saddler

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A star in the old Negro Baseball Leagues in the 1930s, he was scouted and signed by the Philadelphia Black Meteors at a time when blacks were not accepted in the major leagues. Saddler was a
lifelong Delware City resident and a Howard High School graduate. The slick-fielding, power-hitting shortstop also played for the Philadelphia Stars, Newark Eagles and Bacharach Giants. He played in
Canada, Cuba and the Puerto Rico Winter League. His team won the Puerto Rico Winter League. As a member of the Bacharach team, he played with Roy Campanella, a major league “Hall of Famer”. Some
other players he played with and/or against were Josh Gibson, George Scales, Wild Bill Happ Evans, Chaney White, Judy Johnson, John Beckwith, Ray Dandridge and Cool Papa Bell.



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