SAM JETHROE

Sam Jethroe was a very smooth-looking dude and a pretty fair ballplayer to boot.

Nicknamed “The Jet,” because of his other-worldly acceleration and flat-out speed, one of his peers wryly remarked that Jethroe could “outrun the word of God.”

(This is vaguely reminiscent of Satchel Paige’s legendary quip that James “Cool Papa” Bell was so fast, he could turn off the light in his hotel room and be back in bed and under the covers before the room got dark. In those days it was a foregone conclusion that ballplayers shared a room).