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Bullet Joe Rogan
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Bullet Joe Rogan

Wilber "Bullet Joe" Rogan (July 28, 1889 - March 4, 1967), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, first played professional baseball with the Kansas City Giants in 1909.

In 1911 he joined the United States Army, having always wanted to be a career soldier, but that same year he became a member of an army baseball team. He played nine more years of baseball exclusively in the army until Casey Stengel discovered the thirty-year-old Rogan and recommended him to Kansas City Monarchs owner J.L. Wilkinson.

From 1920 to 1930 Bullet Joe Rogan played for the Monarchs, at various times playing all nine positions. He was best known as a pitcher, leading the Negro Leagues in wins in 1924 and 1925. He also batted .411 in 1924. Although not nearly as well-known, Rogan was a better pitcher than Satchel Paige and was also one of the best hitters of the 1920s.

Rogan essentially retired as a player after the 1930 season, but had become manager of the Kansas City Monarchs in 1926, a position he held until 1938. In his managing role he was a strict disciplinarian, probably because of his army training. After retiring as a manager, he became an umpire in the Negro Leagues.

Joe Rogan was second only to Martin Dihigo in baseball history in his ability to move effortlessly from position to position on the field, and along with Dihigo and Babe Ruth, Rogan was one of the great "double threats", or players who can both hit and pitch successfully. After his baseball career, Rogan became a postal worker. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

Known Statistics: 111 Wins-43 Losses, .339 Career Batting Average