black baseball player Mickey Stubblefield dead at 87
Mickey started with the McCook Cats semi-pro baseball team as a right-handed pitcher in late 1949 and went 13-6 in 1950.
He was among the first black players in the Nebraska Independent League. On June 26, 1952, Mickey broke a 50-year barrier in the Class D Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League -- "Kitty League" -- when he became the first Negro baseball player.
In 1953, Mickey returned to McCook, playing again for the Cats, and working at Hormel Chevrolet. He and his wife raised their family of 10 children in McCook until 1970.
Mickey was honored by the community of McCook in 2011 when he served as grand marshal for the annual Heritage Days parade.
Funeral services for Mickey are pending, and will be announced later.