|Jim Grant: capturing a proud, man at his zenith, circa spring |
training, 1965. It was the summer he won 21 games - the first
African-American to win 20 or more in major league history!
Heavily influenced by his mother, Iba, Jim Grant was perhaps the most multi-dimensional being the Twins ever had. Musican, author ( his book, The Black Aces, publ. in 2006), athlete, philosopher - he was quite the package.
He distinguished himself very well when visiting Minnesota in 2005 for the 40th Anniversary weekend of the 1965
championship year. He sang the National Anthem for one of the games.
There is a fine, Cool of the Evening website of author Jim Thielman that does a much better job than I can at capsulizing the man Grant.