His name was Si Simmons, a man who played in the Negro Leagues before they were even called that. Baseball historians knew he'd played on the 1913 Homestead Grays. They thought he was dead. They thought wrong.
It's not unreasonable to think that a man who played in the era of Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner would have joined those names from the distant past in the great clubhouse in the sky.
Researchers studying the early 20th century black baseball teams didn't know exactly what happened to Si Simmons. But they figured there was no way he'd still be around.
Someone with a keen eye for history..and baseball history..discovered recently that Simmons was still very much alive. Sort of living archaeology.