ELIZABETH, NJ — Mayor Bollwage and Director of Recreation Stanley Neron honored 3 Elizabeth High School graduates who played in the Negro Leagues on the 100th anniversary of the leagues founding. James “Bo” Wallace (1929-2000), Donald “Don” Newcombe (1936-2019), and Robert “Bob” Scott (b.1930) all played baseball for Thomas Jefferson High School as it was known then.
Mayor Bollwage and Director Neron visited Williams field, home of the EHS Minutemen to film the tribute to the three men.
Bob Scott pitched for the New York Black Yankees and the Memphis Red Sox. Wallace and Newcombe both played for the Newark Eagles. In 1949 Newcombe began pitching for the Brooklyn Dodgers, that season he was named National League Rookie of the Year. On the Dodgers he played with Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella. They would go on to be three of the first four black players to be named to a Major League Baseball All-Star team.
“On behalf of all of our citizenry, I tip my cap to the Negro Leagues but especially to Bob Scott, to Don Newcombe and to Bo Wallace,” said Mayor Bollwage. He continued, “three great Negro League players who got their start here at Elizabeth High School.”