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The St. Louis Stars were owned by Richard Kent. The St.
Louis Stars became world champs in 1928, 1930 and 1931.
St. Louis boasted two of the fastest men ever to play the game. They
played 12 seasons.
The Baltimore Elite Giants moved a lot. They moved from Nashville to Columbus, Ohio, to Washington, D.C. and, finally, Baltimore. They won the Negro National Title in 1939 and 1949. The 1942 season was the best-ever for the Giants, when they got a 37-15 record; best in the Negro National League.
Originally, the Pittsburgh Crawfords team was composed of nonprofessional players from part of the city’s hill district. They won the 1935 Negro National League championship with five future hall of famers. They were James "Cool Papa" Bell, Oscar Charleston, Josh Gibson, Judy Johnson, and Satchel Paige. They played seven seasons.
The Indianapolis Clowns were an almost perfect baseball team. In 1952, they won the Negro American League championship with a young, cross-handed slugger (hitter) from Mobile, Alabama. They played 17 seasons.
The 1938 Atlanta Black Crackers captured the second half championships of
the Negro American League. They
played mainly in Birmingham, Nashville, Little Rock, New Orleans, Mobile,
Memphis and Chattanooga. They only
played two seasons.
The Homestead Grays were first located outside of Pittsburgh, where they
dominated the Eastern baseball scene. From
1937-1945, they won nine straight pennants. During World War II, the Grays
played their home games at both Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, and Griffith Stadium
in Washington, D.C. when the white teams were out of town.
They played 17 seasons.
The Newark Eagles had many
standout players, but two entered baseball history books.
The Eagles were the first professional team owned and operated by a
woman. The 1946 team won the
Negro World Series. They
upset the Kansas City Monarchs in a seven game series. They played 13 seasons.
The Detroit Stars played out of historic Mack Park until it burned in 1929, and then in Hamtramack Stadium. During the 1940s, many Negro League games were played at Tigers’ Briggs Stadium. The Stars were one of the original members of the Negro National League. They played 15 seasons.
The Hilldale Giants' home base was Darby, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. In 1923, they captured their first championship. The next year they lost the Negro World Series to the Kansas City Monarchs in a 10 game series, but beat Kansas City the next year in a six game series. They played seven seasons.
The Philly Stars were originally called the Hilldale Giants. They originated from Darby, Pennsylvania. The Stars won the Negro National League 1934 pennant. They were owned by Ed Bolden. They played 20 seasons.
In 1944, the New York Cubans beat the Cleveland Buckeyes for the Negro World Series championship. They played 14 seasons.
The New York Black Yankees were co-owned by James "Soldier Boy" Semler and toe-tapper Bill "Bojangles" Robinson. The Black Yankees originated in Harlem, New York. They eventually settled in Albany, New York.
The Memphis Red Sox were owned by Dr. W.S. Martin. They sent four players to the Major leagues after the color barrier was broken. They enjoyed their greatest success in 1938, when they won the Negro American League first half with a 41-4 record. They played 32 seasons.
The Indianapolis ABCs were founded and managed by C.I. Taylor. The ABCs were named after their sponsor the American Brewing Company. The 1922 season was the best ever for the ABCs in the Negro National League. They finished second with a record of 43-33. They played 11 seasons.