August 4, 2021

The Baseball 100: No. 92, Bullet Rogan (The Athletic)

Starting in December and ending on Opening Day, we at The Athletic will count down the 100 greatest baseball players by publishing an essay on a player every day for 100 days. In all, this project will contain roughly as many words as “Moby Dick.” Yes, we know it’s nutty. We hope you enjoy. 

There’s a decent chance that even if you’re a devoted baseball fan — even if you’re fascinated by the Negro Leagues — you’ve never heard of Bullet Rogan. I had not heard of him until I was having breakfast with Buck O’Neil one day in the 1990s. Buck used to call him “Bullet Joe Rogan,” though his name was probably not Joe. It was probably Charles Wilber Rogan. To be fair, though, much of Bullet Rogan’s life is a mystery.

Anyway, we were talking about Negro Leaguers who belonged in the Hall of Fame, and Buck began to talk about Bullet Joe. He said the Rogan threw about as hard as Satchel Paige, was perhaps the best fielding pitcher in baseball history,…

Read “The Baseball 100: No. 92, Bullet Rogan” at The Athletic