His best season in the Majors was in 1963 when he won 15, saved 23, struck out 162 in 132 innings, and posted a 1.97 ERA.
The United States team featured two future MLB players from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: B.J. Surhoff and Scott Bankhead.
Simmons played baseball for the Greensboro Red Wings and Asheville Blues of the Negro Southern League from 1946-1949.
The game on July 30, 1973 in Oakland Coliseum featured a matchup of the Rangers with rookie pitcher Jim Bibby versus the dynasty-in-making Oakland A’s with their star pitcher Vida Blue.
Slaughter would be selected to 10 consecutive All-Star Games from 1941-1953.