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East-West All-Star Game
The Negro League's Best Of The Best
Only 27 Negro League players had the honor of being elected to an East-West All-Star Game squad 5 or more times during the heyday of this annual classic. Who were they? More...
Negro League History 101
Negro League History 101
Need an introduction to the Negro Baseball Leagues? For those who are just discovering the story of the Negro League baseball we have prepared a primer on this fascinating part of American sports and cultural history. More...


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Question: When was the first Negro League organized?

Answer:

The first effort to form a professional Negro League was made in 1887. The result was the very short-lived League of Colored Base Ball Clubs. The league lasted only a week.

The first successful Negro League was formed in 1920 by Andrew "Rube" Foster, owner of the powerful Chicago American Giants. The inaugural season of the Negro National League featured the Chicago American Giants, Chicago Giants, Cuban Stars, Dayton Marcos, Indianapolis ABCs, Kansas City Monarchs and St. Louis Giants.

The original Negro National League disbanded after the 1931 season, unable to weather the financial hardships of the Great Depression.


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