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#RememberWhensdays, Connie Morgan, Indianapolis Clowns, Kansas City Monarchs, Mamie 'Peanut' Johnson, MLB, Negro League, Toni Stone -

Syd Pollock never saw an opportunity for publicity that he didn’t like. The owner of the Indianapolis Clowns brought on Toni Stone, the first woman to sign an official contract and play in the Negro Leagues, for that very reason in April 1953. Oh, don’t get it twisted. Pollock signed Stone to the Clowns, the […]

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Baseball Hall of Fame, Indianapolis Clowns, Mamie 'Peanut' Johnson, MLB, Negro League, Rest In Peace -

Hank Bayliss must have thought he was doing something. The Kansas City Monarchs third baseman was having himself a day running his mouth as he stood opposite of 5-foot-3, 115-pound Mamie Johnson. He exclaimed that the right-handed pitcher was “no bigger than a peanut.” And he was no better at hitting after talking all that […]

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Boxing, George Foreman, Harlem Globetrotters, Muhammad Ali, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Negro League, New York Rens, Rumble in the Jungle, Satchel Paige, Zack Clayton -

In the yellowed clippings from a March 1942 issue of the Pittsburgh Courier, Claude Johnson found this passage in a game story about a night the Harlem Renaissance came back from 14 points down in the fourth quarter against the Fort Wayne Pistons at Madison Square Garden: “At this crucial point, Zack Clayton, the Philly […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Atlanta Braves, MLB, Negro League, Satchel Paige -

Satchel Paige reached out to the 20 Major League Baseball teams about the prospect of joining them in 1968. The 62-year-old pitcher needed only 158 days on an active roster to reach the five-year minimum required to receive his pension. Nineteen teams turned him down, but on Aug. 12, 1968, Atlanta Braves president William C. […]

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Memphis Red Sox, Negro League -

Major League Baseball had reason to keep baseball segregated – they were making too much money. But one Negro Leagues team, the Memphis Red Sox, and their owners, brothers and doctors J.B. and B.B. Martin, decided to take a bigger piece of the pie. They did that by owning their own stadium. Here, Damion L. […]

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Black History Month, Daily Uplift, Negro League, New York Rens -

1920 — Negro National League founded There was a need for more African-American players in baseball, but the Jim Crow laws that ruled much of the South prevented players from finding teams on which they could play alongside their white counterparts. To allow African-Americans to freely showcase their talents without being banned or ridiculed, Andrew […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Baseball Hall of Fame, Black History Month, Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Monarchs, MLB, Negro League, Satchel Paige -

Thursday will mark the 46th anniversary of Leroy “Satchel” Paige becoming the first Negro League veteran to receive a nomination for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Paige, a legend known for his humor, wit and fastball, was inducted into the Hall in August 1971. Besides that landmark, the pitcher was famous for being able to […]

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Charles Mayden, Daily Uplift, Get Lifted, MLB, National Urban Professional Baseball League, Negro League -

It was eight years ago that veteran baseball coach Charles Mayden envisioned baseball teams that would compete at a level that would almost mirror the Negro League baseball. As the numbers of black players in Major League Baseball dwindled, his vision developed. Now he is in the final planning stages of launching the National Urban […]

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An Appreciation, Don Motley, Negro League -

In baseball circles, people said farewell Tuesday to Don Motley, one of the founding fathers of the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri. Most folk who knew Don called him “Mr. Motley,” but I never did — not because of any arrogance or disrespect, he just felt like Don to me. I remember […]

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#RememberWhensdays, Kansas City Monarchs, MLB, Negro League -

It took a three-week, four-city tour and best-of-nine series for two competing leagues to decide who was the biggest and baddest of them all. On Oct. 20, 1924, the final game of the first Negro World Series was played and won by the Kansas City Monarchs over the Hilldale Athletic Club (also known as the […]

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Baseball Hall of Fame, Basketball, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Negro League -

Cumberland Posey caught the ball more than 20 feet from the basket, squared up, and let it fly. It was March 9, 1912. Less than three minutes remained in the contest for bragging rights as the best black basketball team in America. Posey’s Monticello Athletic Association clung to a 20-19 lead over Howard University. More […]

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Commentary, Jackie Robinson, MLB, Negro League -

“There ought not never have been no time called too early.” Troy Maxson, former Negro Leagues baseball star turned trash collector in August Wilson’s Fences. For some of baseball’s greatest players, a time called too early happened before 1947, the year Jackie Robinson integrated Major League Baseball. On Tuesday, when the MLB plays its All-Star […]

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