We are pleased to pass along this update from SABR member Gary Ashwill at Seamheads.com on December 24, 2018:
Having brought our coverage of Negro league statistics forward to 1948, we are now going back to fill in the missing seasons from the late 1920s and early 1930s. First up is the 1927 Eastern Colored League, along with the Negro League World Series that year.
The 1927 ECL opened with the same seven teams that had finished the 1926 season. But the Lincoln Giants signed the Cuban outfielder Esteban Montalvo, who was claimed as the property of the Negro National League’s Western Cuban Stars. Montalvo wanted more money from the team’s owner, Tinti Molina, and had sat out the entire 1926 season.
Nevertheless, both the ECL and NNL insisted he was a Cuban Stars player, and when the Lincolns’ Jim Keenan insisted on keeping him, the ECL booted them out of the league. It may seem odd today, but Keenan chose keeping Montalvo over league membership, apparently calculating that he would make plenty of money playing white semipro clubs and black independents like the Homestead Grays and Louis Santop’s Broncos.
The Atlantic City Bacharach Giants win their second straight ECL pennant by taking both halves of the split season.
To view the award-winning Seamheads Negro Leagues Database, visit http://www.seamheads.com/NegroLgs/index.php
- Seamheads Negro Leagues Database update: 1945 season (September 21, 2017)
- Seamheads Negro Leagues Database update: 1925 season (February 4, 2016)
- Seamheads Negro Leagues Database update: 1938 Negro National League stats (January 28, 2016)
- Seamheads Negro Leagues Database update: 1932 East-West League stats (August 13, 2015)
- Little-known players from the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database (February 2, 2012)
- Read our Q&A with Gary Ashwill about the Negro Leagues Database (September 14, 2011)
Originally published: December 26, 2018. Last Updated: July 16, 2020.