Orlando Sentinel Baseball Players

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Orlando Sentinel Baseball Players

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Orlando Sentinels


Orlando (Fla.)
Baseball players--Florida


Four Orlando Sentinel baseball players in the 1950s. Photographed from left to right is Jesus Jenks, Allen Perisio, Charley "Big Dike" Wilson, and David Harry Black. The two men on the left are from Cuba, while the two men on the left are from Sanford, Florida.

Black (1929-2012) was the son of Pilgrim Black (1905-2002) and his first wife Mae Henry Gilmore, who also had a second child named Bessie Mae Black that passed away around 6 months old. Black played baseball throughout high school and was drafted into the military during the Korean War on January 9, 1951, when he was 22. After two years of military service and receiving a discharge on February 2, 1953, he went on to play baseball in the Negro Baseball League at age 24. He also played for the Orlando Sentinels, a white baseball team, in 1954. While playing baseball, Black was known by several nicknames that he acquired as a youth, including "Allstar" and "Kid Blister." At age 29, Black became a long-distance truck driver, a profession he continued for58 years. He retired several times, but returned to the job due to his love of the work. Black finally retired permanently at age 77, when his employer would no longer insure him. He was later diagnosed with cancer and was cared for by his half-sister, Patricia Ann Black (1956-). Black passed away in December of 2012.


Photocopy of original black and white photograph: Private Collection of Patricia Ann Black.

Date Created

ca. 1954-1958


Black, Patricia Ann

Is Format Of

Digital reproduction of photocopy of original black and white photograph.

Is Part Of

Patricia Black Collection, RICHES of Central Florida.




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1 black and white photograph




Still Image


Orlando, Florida

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History Teacher


Originally owned by Pilgrim Black.
Inherited by Patricia Ann Black in 2002.

Rights Holder

Copyright to the resource is held by Patricia Ann Black and is provided here by RICHES of Central Florida for educational purposes only.

Contributing Project


Cepero, Laura

Digital Collection

Source Repository

Private Collection of Patricia Ann Black

External Reference

Flewellyn, Valada S. African Americans of Sanford Charleston, SC: Arcadia Pub, 2009.
McCarthy, Kevin. Baseball in Florida. Sarasota, Fla: Pineapple Press, 1996.
Nelson, Kadir. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. New York: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, 2008.
McKissack, Pat, and Fredrick McKissack. Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues. New York: Scholastic, 1994.

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1 black and white photograph



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