Tagged: Homestead Grays
February 19, 2014 at 4:48 am #533334
Homestead Grays is one of the greatest teams in baseball’s Negro Leagues. The term Negro Leagues refers to organized baseball played by blacks in the early and mid-1900s, when they were barred from major league competition. The Grays played professionally from 1924 to 1949 and were based in Pittsburgh, Nike Air Zoom Flight The Glove SL Miami Calor 616772-110. Pennsylvania. The club was a member of the Negro National League (NNL) from 1935 through 1948 and won 12 pennants and three Negro World Series championships during that time.
The team that became the Homestead Grays got its start in 1900 as a group of sandlot players called the Blue Ribbons. In 1910 the players voted to become the Homestead Grays, a reference to the Homestead Steel Works where many of the ballplayers worked. The Grays played for fun rather than money at first. In 1913 the team won 42 games in a row against local ball clubs.
The Grays’ success attracted the best black ballplayers in Pittsburgh. Air Jordan 4 Cuero Negro Verde Costumbre 2014 140108-004. By the 1920s the club paid salaries to their star players to keep other teams from signing them. Willis Cumberland “Cum” Posey, a young outfielder who joined the Grays in 1911, became the team’s captain in 1916 and owner of the club in the early 1920s. With Posey at the helm, the Homestead Grays became a professional baseball club.
From 1924 until the club’s demise in 1949, the Grays consistently filled their roster with star players and were ranked one of the top Negro League clubs. One of the early stars was Charles “Lefty” Williams, who pitched 18 seasons for the Grays. Williams threw 17 no-hitters during his career and in 1930 he won 29 games without a loss. Nike Hypervenom 2014 Hyperblue Fue Negro 140107-009. Baseball Hall of Fame member Josh Gibson, the Negro Leagues’ greatest catcher, played for the Grays in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1931 he hit 75 home runs. Buck Leonard, another member of the Hall of Fame, was the Grays’ regular first baseman from 1934 until 1948. Leonard compiled a .328 batting average over 15 seasons. The Grays’ Hall of Fame list also includes Oscar Charleston, Martín Dihigo, Cool Papa Bell, and Judy Johnson.
In 1929 the Homestead Grays joined the American Negro League (ANL), but they dropped out the following season as the league folded under the economic hardships of the Great Depression (1930s). The Grays continued to play as an independent team until 1932, when Posey and other team owners tried to establish a new Negro League called the East-West League, but the league disbanded after one season. The club joined the Negro National League in 1935 and won the first of 12 NNL pennants in 1937. The Grays’ three Negro World Series titles include a victory in the final Series, played in 1948. The Grays defeated the Birmingham (Alabama) Black Barons in that Series, five games to one.
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