Today in Baseball: The Negro National League is born

Today 101 years ago, the Negro National League was born. The first solid Major Negro League that lasted for over a decade and really initiated Negro League Baseball. On this day in 1920, a group of eight midwestern team owners met at the YMCA in Kansas City (which explains why the Negro League Museum is …

Kansas City T-Bones Rebrand and Honor Negro League Team

The Kansas City T-Bones announced today the team has rebranded. The new name of the team will be Kansas City Monarchs, after the famous Negro League team that fielded many future Hall of Famers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jsnt2GoKbr0&feature=emb_logo In cooperation with the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, American Association member Kansas City T-Bones has decided tp …

With elevating Negro Leagues, MLB is only trying to improve its own image

The other day, MLB commissioner Manfred announced that the Negro Leagues will be part of MLB history. Stats of former Negro League players will be included in those of MLB. While many applaud this move, I tend to say it is a bad one.  We all know that blacks were considered inferior by many whites, …

Zulu Cannibal Giants: Exploiting African stereotypes

Back in the time of the Negro Leagues, there was this team, the Indianapolis Clowns. The team was baseball's version of the Harlem Globetrotters. But there was another team that had a "comical" act. As a "coincidence" the team had the same manager/promoter as the Clowns did: Syd Pollock. This is a piece on how …

Today in Baseball: Negro League team wins unlikely game vs KKK squad

Today, 95 years ago, a game was played that not many have heard of. A Negro League team took on a KKK squad in Wichita, Kansas. The semi-pro Negro League team Wichita Monrovians played an exhibition game against Wichita Klan Number 6. Unlike what people may think, violence never erupted during the game. But to …

Today in Baseball: Negro National League founded

Today a hundred years ago, the first professional negro league was founded. On the first day of a two-day meeting, eight team owners meet at the YMCA in Kansas City to create one of the most successful Negro League Baseball entities. Next to establishing the Negro National League, its governing body the National Association of Colored …

City of Hamtramck looking for purposes for old Negro League Stadium

In January it was announced that the National Park Service granted an amount of $50,000 to the Friends of Hamtramck Stadium. In this way, the old Negro League stadium can be saved from demolition. In a press release, the city of Hamtramck announced it is looking for pre development planning and design services for the historic …

Negro League stadium granted $50,000

Great news for the Hamtramck Stadium, the former site of the Negro League's  Detroit Stars. The National Park Services has granted an amount of $50,000 toFriends of Hamtramck Stadium, the group that wants to preserve the stadium. Last month, you could read here about Hamtramck Stadium and its deplorable state. The Friends of Hamtramck Stadium stated that they …

Attempts to save Negro League stadium

This is news that makes me happy. In a time and in a country where old buildings are replaced in the blink of an eye, some enthousiasts that care about the history of the game of baseball are trying to raise funds to save the former ballpark of the Negro Leagues' Detroit Stars. We are …

The Eastern Colored League

The Eastern Colored League was founded in 1923 as second Major Negro League (counterpart of the Negro National League which was founded in 1920). The league was founded by Ed Bolden, owner of the Hilldale Athletic Club, also called the Hilldale Daisies, and Nat Strong, a white promotor. Bolden ran the league for most of its …

The phenomenon “barnstorming tours”

The picture shown above made me realize that many Europeans are not aware of the phenomenon barnstorming tour. The two players shown are Satchel Paige (left) and Dizzy Dean. Before Jackie Robinson broke the colour barrier in 1947, black and white players never could face each during regular season games. In first half of the …