The inductees will be honored during a banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at the Museum Center at Five Points.
The annual banquet is sponsored by the city of Cleveland Recreation Department.
Honorees include brothers Levi Scott and Terry Scott, James M. “Jim” Cigliano, Joe Wilson, Dennis Stafford, Gracie May McGuffin, Linda Mullins and Joe Hardwick.
Tickets for the March banquet are available at the rec department. You can also call 479-4129 for more information.
Wadie Davis Sr.
Born May 22, 1922, in Polk County, Wadie Benjamin Davis Sr. attended Kings Elementary School until the eighth grade, when he entered the ninth grade he transferred to College Hill High School.
He always dreamed of getting a good education, he wanted to finish college and become a doctor. However, his dreams were not working the way he had planned.
His only ride to school was to help make deliveries on the back of the milk truck. In the winter riding on the back of the milk truck got cold. Wadie would sometimes drop out of school until warmer weather, because he was not allowed to ride inside the truck.
He finished high school while working on the family farm, at Brown’s Stove Factory and he also started his own carpenter business. He began playing baseball with the black baseball team known as “The Cleveland Hurricanes.”
Davis quickly became a star player overnight and was voted team captain in 1948.
His brother, Edwin (Buck) Davis joined the team and sometimes batting back to back, if Wadie didn’t hit a home run his brother would. There was no stopping the Cleveland All Stars.
Davis was also named player/coach of the team. Every Saturday or Sunday they were playing baseball against such teams as the Cincinnati Pirates, The Birmingham Black Barrons (Willie Mays), The Dalton Yankees (Suit Case Simpson), The Knoxville Packers, The Dayton Tigers, several teams from Indiana, Baltimore, North Carolina, Nashville, Mississippi, The Chattanooga All Stars, Oak Ridge, Rome, Ga., Jackson, and many others.
Every team wanted to beat the Cleveland All Stars, but the All Stars held their ground and beat the best of them, he said.
Davis was credited with saving the lives of many young black men by teaching them the game of baseball and turning their lives completely around. Among those who played for the Cleveland All Stars were Raymond Scott, Henry Ashmoore, Nathan Westfield, Marvin Woods, Ronnie Sharp, Stanford Sharp, Raymond Moore, David Ashmoore, Levi Scott, Milo Ware, Earl Westfield, the late Waldo Finley, the late John Boldon, the late Fox Taylor, Alvin Jackson, Edwin Davis, Clerence Lawrance, the late Gilbert Jarrett, the late Roy Scott, Jack Sharp, the late Paul Brown, Bobby Gene Phillips, Terry Scott, the late Jim Hackett, Charles Queener, Robert Young, the late Gus Crawford, James Pugh, Truman Tucker, James Ware, Edward Blair, Jimmy, Goldston, J.L. McCawan, Jr. McCawan, the late Elius Smith, the late Ernest Ware, Bud Mosby, Jimmy Priest, Hugh Finnley, Calton Finnley, Cletus Wells, Charles Swafford, the late Red Westfield, the late Ned Westfield, Lomas Swafford, Phillips Westfield, Greg Davis, Elbert Loudon, Rudd Loudon, the late Ernest Hughes, Wadie Davis, Jr., the late Tommy Dunn, the late Garland Parker, Kenny Westfield and Frank Smith.
Davis also loved his church. He was under the leadership of the late Rev. B.C. Young Sr. from 1958 to 1972. He was a pastor steward for 45 years. He has four daughters and five sons surviving. He has seven deceased children. His children include Wadie Davis Jr., Greg Davis, Paul Davis, Benjamin Davis, Rodney Davis Sr., Joan Davis, Wynona Jarrett, Clara Davis and Sonya Davis. He has 54 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.