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HAMBURG, N.Y. (AP) - The western New York grave of an African-American baseball legend who played more than a century ago finally has a marker.

The Buffalo News reports that a tombstone and memorial for Grant "Home Run" Johnson were unveiled Tuesday at Lakeside Cemetery in Hamburg, just south of Buffalo.

The Findlay, Ohio native died a pauper at age 90 in 1963 and was buried in an unmarked grave.

His resting place finally got a marker through the efforts of the Society for American Baseball Research's Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project.

Johnson was a star in semiprofessional leagues and the Negro Leagues in the 1890s and early 20th century, once hitting 60 home runs in a season during the sport's dead-ball era.

He eventually settled in western New York after playing and managing for teams in Buffalo.

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