Year Inducted – 1997

L.C. was born in Akron and played with Speed Bosworth’s Akron Sporting Goods team as a youngster. Pearson moved to East Orange, N.J. and attended high school, where he was a teammate of Cooperstown Hall of Famer, Monte Irvin. He dropped out of school to join the semi-pro Orange Triangles before becoming the first baseman for the Newark N.J. Eagles of the National Negro League. He would spend 11 years with the Eagles, hitting over .300 lifetime. In 1956 he led the Eagles to a Negro World Series championship over the Kansas City Monarchs, hitting .393 in the seven game struggle. L.C. moved to the Baltimore Elite Giants in 1949 as their player-manager and hit .332, leading them to a league championship. He was a five-time east-west All-Star during the 1940’s. Pearson died as a result of an automobile accident in Newark N.J. in 1984.