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Oldest Negro league baseball player passes away

(Source: Marion Co. Chamber of Commerce) (Source: Marion Co. Chamber of Commerce)

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – One of the oldest Negro League baseball players have passed away.

Roosevelt Jackson Sr. was 100 years old when he passed.

Jackson was has been honored by organizations including the Atlanta Braves, the Milwaukee Brewers, the NAACP, former President Jimmy Carter, and many who came to share in his once in a lifetime milestone.

When News Leader 9 covered Jackson’s celebration of his 100th birthday he expressed his thankfulness in living a long life.

"I thank God that he let me live to get a hundred years old,” Jackson said. So, I can consider today is like a rainbow, it ain't got no end. It just keeps on and keeps on."

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