Category: Negro Leagues


Schorling Park Panorama!

Indulging in some web surfing last week I stumbled upon Gary Ashwill’s blog.  Ashwill is a baseball historian and data compiler for the Negro Leagues Database at, ambulance sale and an all-around black baseball history guru.  On his personal blog, ambulance cialis Ashwill unearths and contextualizes worn photos and ephemera from baseball eras long lost.  This 1923 panoramic photograph of Schorling Park serves as a notable example (click on the image to view in all of its high-res glory):\n\n\n\nSchorling Park (also known as South Side Park), pills at Pershing Rd. and Wentworth Ave., was home to Chicago’s most talented collection of African-American and Latin ballplayers: the American Giants, led by Rube Foster.\n\nFoster is a colossal figure in baseball history.  He was instrumental in founding, organizing, and maintaining the first Negro National League, which he operated out of Chicago.  Foster’s American Giants won the NNL pennant the first three seasons of the league’s existence.  But in 1923 the prize would go to the Kansas City Monarchs.\n\nThis photograph was taken during that season, on Sunday May 27, 1923, when the Giants faced off against the rival Monarchs.  Big crowds were common on Sundays, with fans decked out in their church day bests, but this turnout was exceptional.  The stands swelled with 17,000 black and white spectators—2,000 more than capacity.  The Chicago Defender’s Frank Young wrote that it was largest crowd in the history of the park, and the largest ever to see two black teams play.  Attendees witnessed what Young called “one of the greatest baseball games staged in this city in many a day.\”\n Continue reading

Photo from Chicago History Museum's Chicago Daily News Digital Collection

South Side Baseball Legend: Rube Foster

Originally posted on White Sox Observer March 28, ed order 2012 \n\nBefore Jackie Robinson, health Satchel Paige, and Josh Gibson, the Kansas City Monarchs and the Homestead Grays, powerhouses of the Negro Leagues during the interwar years and beyond, there was Andrew “Rube” Foster and his American Giants of Chicago, which together ruled the African American circuit and later the Negro National League throughout the 1910s and 20s.  During his day, the influence, notoriety, and success of Rube Foster as a player, manager, team owner, and league commissioner could hardly be overstated, so Foster’s conspicuous absence from baseball history in the popular imagination today is tinged with tragic irony.\n\nFoster was born in 1879 in the town of Calvert, Texas.  He began his playing career in Fort Worth, and rose to fame as a member of the Cuban X-Giants.  The team hailed not from Cuba but Philadelphia, and the players were not ethnically Cuban but African American.  The prejudices of the day were such that promoters sometimes branded black teams as “Cuban” in order to make players more acceptable in white venues.\n Continue reading