May 24, 2002


'Big' Jim McCurine, 81, died May 24, 2002, in St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center in Chicago, Illinois, of congestive heart and kidney failure.

A powerfully built outfielder, Big Jim had one of the strongest throwing arms in the Negro Leagues. McCurine was renowned as a very intense competitor. With fellow American Giant John "Mule" Miles, Mr. McCurine formed one of the Negro Leagues' top batting duos.