Negro League Baseball History
The Negro leagues were United States professional baseball leagues comprising teams predominantly made up of African Americans and, to a lesser extent, Latin Americans. The term may be used broadly to include professional black teams outside the leagues and it may be used narrowly for the relatively successful leagues listed below, along with the many independent teams that barnstormed across (read more)
All-black league used as a distraction while the Dodgers formulated and end to segregation in baseball.
Organized by franchises located in the Midwest as competition to the Negro National League's eastern teams.
Owners of 7 negro league teams ratified a constitution and organized a successful second Negro National League.
Eight teams joined in an ill-fated attempt to organize Negro baseball during the Great Depression.
Several established teams joined the NSL, mainly from the collapsed Negro National League a year prior.
An attempt to create a league by five surviving teams from the failed Eastern Colored League.
Formed by several eastern teams that broke away from the midwest-based Negro National League.
The first organized and financially successful professional Negro baseball league.
Formed to protect teams from unreliable managers, schedules, and rosters of past independent clubs.
League composed of a mix of white, Cuban and Negro league baseball teams in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
The second attempt to have a league consisting of all-black teams, predating the Negro National League by over three decades.
The first formal black league included teams from Atlanta, Charleston, Jacksonville, Memphis, New Orleans and Savannah.
Segregation and racism forced most African American players to join independent travelling teams.