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A forgotten star

To the editor:
I doubt many in Harrison County have ever heard of the name Phthias Russ.
Phthias was a negro league baseball player from 1921 to 1925. Born in Cynthiana on April 7, 1904, Died Aug. 9, 1930.
He won a batting title in 1928 for the Chicago American Giants. His career was cut short because of illness. He played baseball, basketball, track and football for Sam Houston College in Texas and attended Mehary Medical School in Nashville, Tennessee.
He was an All American football player in 1924 for Sam Houston College.

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