Black Sports : African Americans in Baseball

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  1. Destee

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    African Americans In Baseball

    September 3, 2006
    The Hartford Courant

    1884: Moses "Fleetwood" Walker signs with Toledo of the American Association, becoming the first African American to join a major league team.

    1885: The Babylon, N.Y.-based Cuban Giants become the first professional all-black team. Players pose as Cubans to hide their race.

    1886: The Southern League of Black Base Ballists is the first all-black league.

    1887: The National Colored Base Ball League is formed, but poor attendance causes the league to fold after two weeks.

    1890: The International League bans African American players. Other leagues follow.

    1920: The National Negro League is formed in Kansas City.

    1924: After the six-team Eastern Colored League was formed in 1923, the first Black World Series is played between Kansas City and Philadelphia.

    1924: Baseball commissioner Kenesaw "Mountain" Landis forces major league teams to stop playing popular exhibition games against barnstorming Negro League teams.

    1928: The Eastern Colored League disbands. The American Negro League is formed, but it lasts only one season.

    1931: The Negro National League goes bankrupt during the Great Depression. The next year, the newly formed East-West League doesn't make it through one season before folding.

    1933: The revamped Negro National League begins play.

    1937
    : The golden age of the Negro Leagues begins when the Negro American League is formed. In the Negro National League, the Homestead Grays, led by Josh Gibson, begin a run of nine consecutive championships.

    1947: Jackie Robinson becomes the first black player in the modern major leagues when he debuts with the Brooklyn Dodgers. The second baseman wins the National League Rookie of the Year. Also in '47, the Cleveland Indians sign Larry Doby and he becomes the American League's first black player.

    1948
    : With African American fans turning their attention to the major leagues, Negro League attendance suffers and the Negro National


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    yes destee so true but we still lack africans in the sport

    I think it's time for a breakthrough for our people to play the game .
     
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    http://africanamericanbaseballleague.com/

     
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    Thanks. I gotta check into this. Im from a baseball family. My grandpa played in the Negro leagues and Dodger farm team (Bakersfield Indians and amateur ball (Wasco Merchants) and i got two uncles who played in the MLB.

    Things changed in the 70s when more African-American youth (mysellf included) went over to basketball instead of baseball. There are many reasons for this but one of the reasons i lost interest in baseball had to do with bad coaching at a time period when white coaches and pro clubs seemed to be reversing progress and trying to stack teams with less talented white players. The Dodgers organization were a prime example and even today have less Black american players than they did in the 60s.

    On the other hand, pro and college basketball did an about face when hiring Bill Russell as the first Black player-coach. This opened up doors baseball was closing.
     
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    Yes, I remember you speaking of your grandfather Demery and uncles.

    I've often wondered if you have any relatives in FL or Ga....I know some Demery(s).....and some Demerie(s).
     
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    Yeah you right. I do got fam in those parts but dont know who for sure because the farthest i got was meeting kinfolk in Shreveport and an uncle in El Paso who i was not able to hook up with when he was traveling to area near Fort Worth.

    I know we got some kin in Florida because grandpa spent one season at Dodgers camp in Vero Beach before I was born around 1954. He was staying with kin near there as I was told.

    Grandpa's name is Artis Demery and he passed in 1995.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=demery002art

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Artist_Demery

    My uncle Larry Demery married and lived in Atlanta a few years co i got some younger first cousins in ATL and Norcross.

    His topps card:http://www.thebaseballcube.com/images/cards/10660.jpg

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/d/demerla01.shtml

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/bullpen/Larry_Demery

    http://www.baseballlibrary.com/ballplayers/player.php?name=Larry_Demery_1953

    I dont know if this brother is relative or not but mostlikely he is cause he got that look (its something about the eyes).

    http://www.myspace.com/evangelistdemery

    This is my cousin Calvin who played one season with the Minnesota Vikings.

    http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/D/DemeCa20.htm
     
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    The set of Demerys I know are in Southeast GA, down by Savannah....and I know some of them are in ATL.

    I prolly know summa yo' Peeps!


    "Small world!" lol
     
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    We got a reunion in los angeles later this month so i will keep a look out for peeps in that area.

    We got a huge fam and i dont know close to half because grandpa's branch had left Shreveport and moved to Boley, Oklahoma and later to CA. We stretched out from Cali, every state, to Tennesse. lol!
     
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    Signed with the Cleveland Indians on July 5, 1947.

    Inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1998.


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    Ted "Double Duty" Radcliffe, one of Negro League Baseball's most popular players, was born on July 7, 1902, in Mobile, Alabama. He hails from the same community as fellow Negro League players Leroy "Satchel" Paige and Bobby "The Human Vacuum Cleaner" Robinson, all of whom grew up playing ball together. Because of the limited educational and economic opportunities available to African Americans at the time, baseball became a means for Radcliffe and his brother, Alex, a top Negro League third baseman, to leave Mobile and the segregated South.

    Radcliffe excelled at both pitching and catching. He pitched in five and caught in nine Negro League All-Star games. He was nicknamed "Double Duty" by Damon Runyon, who saw Radcliffe play in a 1932 Negro League World Series doubleheader. Radcliffe caught Paige in a victorious first game and then pitched a shutout in the second.

    Radcliffe began playing professional baseball in 1928 with the Detroit Stars. Over the course of his career, Radcliffe played with more than fifteen Negro League teams, including three of Negro League Baseball's greatest teams: the 1930 St. Louis Stars, 1931 Homestead Grays and 1932 Pittsburgh Crawfords.

    In addition to pitching and catching, Radcliffe began managing teams in the late 1930s. He managed the Memphis Red Sox in 1937 and 1938 and took charge of the Chicago American Giants in 1943.

    Radcliffe passed away in Chicago on August 11, 2005.

    http://www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/biography.asp?bioindex=91&category=sportsMakers
     
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