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George Sweatt

Humboldt, KS 66748


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George Alexander "Sharky" Sweatt was born in Humboldt December 7 1893 and graduated from Humboldt High School.  He worked in hayfields and for a short time at Humboldt's Monarch Cement plant.  He attended Pittsburg State University, taking part in football, basketball, track and baseball.

After graduating from college he became a teacher in Coffeyville.  Sweatt served in the 816 Pioneer Infantry Regiment in WWI.  He was sent to France just two weeks before the war ended.  He returned to teaching.

Sweatt was a semi-pro baseball player and at the age of 26, before the 1921 season of the Negro League started, he was noticed by the Kansas City Monarchs.  He signed with the Monarchs and played in the Negro League World Series in 1924 and 1925 with them.
In 1926, Sweatt signed on with the Chicago American Giants.  He played with the Giants in the 1926 and they won the World Series in 1927.

After retiring from baseball in 1928 Sweatt worked for the postal service until 1957.
Humboldt named it's baseball field George Sweatt Park in his memory.  Displays depicting the life of George Sweatt can be seen at the Humboldt City Hall, 725 Bridge, and Humboldt Historical Museum, corner of Charles and 2nd.
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City Hall
725 Bridge St
Humboldt, KS 66748
Phone: 620.473.3232
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