The Birmingham Black Barons formed the foundation of professional Negro baseball in the south for more than 30 years. In 1920, the club became a charter franchise in the Negro South League. Through its history the team was at various times associated with the Negro Southern League, Negro National League and the Negro American League. In 1927, the Black Barons were second-half champions in the Negro American League, and met the Chicago American Giants in playoff for the league title. To the disappointment of Birmingham supporters, the Black Barons fell to the Giants in four games.