October 3, 1867: "The First Colored Baseball Championship"

"Championship” is often a fluid concept when applied to 19th-century…

September 3, 1869: Inter-racial baseball in Philadelphia

Frederick Douglass said no city was more prejudiced against colored…

July 14, 1887: The color line is drawn in baseball

On the morning of July 15, 1887, the New York Herald boldly titled…

April 18, 1890: Amateur John Lyston wins Atlantic League tuneup against Gorhams

A reconvening of the annual baseball meetings was held on March…

May 7, 1921: Detroit Stars and Bacharach Giants hit the long ball

It was Saturday, May 7, 1921, the opening day of the Negro National…

August 3, 1924: Cyclone Joe Williams leads Royal Giants to victory

Four thousand fans arrived at Maryland Park on Sunday, August…

September 7, 1929: Havana's Luis E. Tiant knocked out in Baltimore exhibition game

The Havana Red Sox baseball team arrived in Miami in March of…

May 3, 1936: Satchel Paige and the Pittsburgh Crawfords visit Zanesville, Ohio

The Zanesville (Ohio) Greys were a Class C minor-league baseball…

July 6, 1938: Braves Field hosts an integrated baseball game

Bob Quinn owned the Boston Red Sox from 1923 into 1933. In 1936…

May 18, 1940: Young Roy Campanella clouts two home runs for Baltimore Elite Giants

For decades, baseball had been played in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania,…

June 13, 1944: Ray Dandridge, Newark Eagles soar over Memphis Red Sox

“Ray Dandridge was fantastic. ... Once you saw him, you never…

August 13, 1945: KC Monarchs pay a 'royal' visit to Braves Field

On occasion, the buildup exceeds the event. Such was the case…

May 25, 1949: Cannonball Jackman stars at Braves Field

St. Patrick's Church on Magazine Street in Roxbury was in need…