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Amos Watson, former Negro Leagues pitcher

September 24, 1997 GMT

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) _ Amos Watson, whose impressive arm as a teen-aged pitcher won him a spot in the Negro Baseball Leagues, has died. He was 71.

Watson died last Friday at Winter Haven Hospital, a few miles from his hometown of Lake Alfred. Hospital officials wouldn’t release any other details.

Only 18 years old when he compiled a 27-3 record with Jimmy Hill’s All-Stars in 1944, Watson quickly moved up to the Cincinnati-Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League.

But he wasn’t able to meet expectations.

He played the 1945 season with Cincinnati-Indianapolis, and part of the following season with the Indianapolis Clowns. He played the rest of 1946 with the Kansas City Monarchs and 1947 with the Baltimore Elite Giants.

His record for those years was 14-14.