A major leaguer for nine years, he played in five World Series games with the Yankees in 1957. Nicknamed "Suitcase," he started his career playing softball in Dalton, Ga., his hometown. Signed on as a pro with the old Philadelphia Stars of the Negro National League. In 1949 he was signed out of the Puerto Rican Winter League by the Cleveland Indians and he moved in as a regular with the Tribe in 1951. He played with Cleveland until 1955 when he was traded to Kansas City where he hit .293 batted in 105 runs as hit 21 homers in 1956. The following year he batted .296 with the Royals before moving on to the Yankees. In, all, he played 888 major league games and finished with a .266 batting average.