From SABR member Gary Ashwill at Seamheads.com on January 30, 2020:
In time for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League next month, we’re happy to announce that we have achieved full coverage of all the traditional major Negro leagues from 1920 through 1948.
The latest addition to the DB is the 1932 Negro Southern League, the only year that circuit was considered “major league,” as well as games between NSL teams and other Negro league teams—most notably the Pittsburgh Crawfords and Kansas City Monarchs. The 1932 NSL statistics are based on the work of Larry Lester, Wayne Stivers, and the Negro League Researchers and Authors Group, with some additions and auditing by us. It joins the work we’ve already done on the 1932 East-West League.
The ’32 NSL was considered a major league because Rube Foster’s original NNL had fallen apart, and that league’s flagship team—the Chicago American Giants—along with the Indianapolis ABCs and the Louisville Black Caps, opted to join the NSL. The NSL also welcomed in the champions of the previous year’s Texas-Oklahoma League, the Monroe (Louisiana) Monarchs. Along with the Memphis Red Sox and Birmingham Black Barons, former members of the NNL themselves, these additions made the Southern League the obvious successor to Foster’s league.
Although we now have coverage of every traditional major Negro league, that does NOT mean the DB is “finished” in any sense. We still have fielding and various secondary statistics (pitchers’ HRs allowed, HBP for batters, etc.) to add to leagues/seasons that were based on NLRAG work, as well as new games and final audits for these seasons (and many others). There are also many Latin American seasons in the pipeline (Mexico, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Venezuela), as well as the California Winter League, Negro leagues vs. minor league games, the ManDak League, the Negro leagues after 1948, and a lot more. And biographical research continues. There is still a long, long way to go before the records of segregation-era black ballplayers could be considered anywhere near complete.
To view the award-winning Seamheads Negro Leagues Database, visit Seamheads.com/NegroLgs/index.php
- Seamheads Negro Leagues Database update: 1929 American Negro League (April 3, 2019)
- Seamheads Negro Leagues Database update: 1927 Eastern Colored League (December 26, 2018)
- Seamheads Negro Leagues Database update: 1948 season (October 17, 2018)
- Little-known players from the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database
- Read our Q&A with Gary Ashwill about the Negro Leagues Database
Originally published: January 30, 2020. Last Updated: July 16, 2020.